Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 31.
    Opinions have greater power than strength of hands.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 676.)
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  • 32.
    Repentance is but want of power to sin.
    (John Dryden (1631-1700), British poet, dramatist, critic. Palamon and Arcite, bk. 3.)
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  • 33.
    For also knowledge itself is power.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Religious Meditations, "Of Heresies," (1597).)
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  • 34.
    Power and speed be hands and feet.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 35.
    Knowledge is power.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, political figure. Meditationes Sacrae, De Haeresibus (1597). Clarion call for empirical and practical emphasis in science.)
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  • 36.
    Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny.
    (Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), French philosopher. "The Democratic Charter," Man and the State, University of Chicago Press (1951).)
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  • 37.
    Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "On Violence," Crises of the Republic (1972).)
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  • 38.
    But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.
    (James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author, and Nikki Giovanni (b. 1943). Conversation November 4, 1971, London, England. A Dialogue (1973).)
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  • 39.
    What I think the political correctness debate is really about is the power to be able to define. The definers want the power to name. And the defined are now taking that power away from them.
    (Toni Morrison (b. 1931), African American novelist and essayist. As quoted in the New York Times Magazine, p. 74 (September 11, 1994).)
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  • 40.
    They [women] can use their abilities to support each other, even as they develop more effective and appropriate ways of dealing with power.... Women do not need to diminish other women ... [they] need the power to advance their own development, but they do not "need" the power to limit the development of others.
    (Jean Baker Miller (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist. Toward a New Psychology of Women, ch. 10 (1976).)
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