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Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    In the intellectual order, the virtue of humility is nothing more nor less than the power of attention.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. "Intelligence and Grace," Gravity and Grace (1947, trans. 1952).)
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  • 43.
    Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
    (Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist writer, editor. Ms (New York, July 1978 and July/Aug. 1982). Far From the Opposite Shore, Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions (1983).)
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  • 44.
    History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
    (Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
  • 45.
    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
    (John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 3 (1859).)
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  • 46.
    Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 3, 1963, to NATO.)
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  • 47.
    If Paris lived now, and preferred beauty to power and riches, it would not be called his Judgment, but his Want of Judgment.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 60, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1787; in Greek mythology, the Judgment of Paris is the story of Paris's awarding the prize of beauty to the Goddess Aphrodite (over the Goddesses Hera and Pallas Athena) in return for the bribe of the fairest woman in the world, Helen.)
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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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