Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.
    (Francis Bacon (1561-1626), British philosopher, essayist, statesman. "Of Great Place," Essays (1597-1625).)
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  • 48.
    Lawyers may reason powerfully, but power settles most issues.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 49.
    The power of the past does not depend on our knowledge of it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 50.
    Anyone who has ever constructed a "new heaven" has discovered the power to do it nowhere but in his own hell.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 360, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). On the Genealogy of Morals, "Third Essay," section 10 (1887).)
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