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Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 31.
    Intelligence without power cannibalizes itself.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 32.
    All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 33.
    Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Prometheus Bound, l. 35.)
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  • 34.
    Opinions have greater power than strength of hands.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Fragments, l. 676.)
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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    For also knowledge itself is power.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. Religious Meditations, "Of Heresies," (1597).)
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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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