Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Intelligence without power cannibalizes itself.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 44.
    A weak mind is the only defect out of our power to mend.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 131 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 45.
    One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
    (Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. Letter, May 18, 1941, to his sister. Quoted in Neil Baldwin, Man Ray (1988).)
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  • 46.
    There is an excess both in happiness and misery above our power of sensation.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 466 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 47.
    Power has only one duty—to secure the social welfare of the People.
    (Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sybil, bk. 4, ch. 14 (1845).)
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  • 48.
    Every white man in this country has been raised with a false sense of power.
    (Roxanne Dunbar (1938), U.S. feminist. Female Liberation as the Basis for Social Revolution, [unpaginated pamphlet] (1969).)
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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible—such descent I call beauty.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 152, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 118, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On Those Who are Sublime," (1883).)
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