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Power Quotes


These are some of the best 'Power' quotations and sayings.

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A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

A power has risen up in the government greater than the people themselves, consisting of many and various and powerful interests, combined into one mass, and held together by the cohesive power of the vast surplus in the banks.

All human power is a compound of time and patience.

Arbitrary power is the natural object of temptation to a prince; as wine of women to a young fellow, or a bribe to a judge, or avarice to old age, or vanity to a woman.

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay.

By moral power we mean the power of a life and a character, the power of good and great purposes, the power which comes at length to reside in a man distinguished in some course of estimable or great conduct. - No other power of man compares with this, and there is no individual who may not be measurably invested with it.

Diplomacy without power is like an orchestra without instruments.

Economic freedom is an essential requisite for political freedom. By enabling people to cooperate with one another without coercion or central direction, it reduces the area over which political power is exercised. In addition, by dispersing power, the free market provides an offset to whatever concentration of political power may arise. The combination of economic and political power in the same hands is a sure recipe for tyranny. See quote detail

Even in war moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.

He who despises his own life is soon master of another's.

He who has great power should use it lightly.

His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow.

Horsepower was a wonderful thing when only horses had it.

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others.

I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.

Iron hand in a velvet glove.

It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting as they do every passion, and discovering every latent vice.

It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery. These may, perhaps, succeed for once, and borrow for awhile, from hope, a gay and flourishing appearance. But time betrays their weakness, and they fall into ruin of themselves. For, as in structures of every kind, the lower parts should have the greatest firmness--so the grounds and principles of actions should be just and true.


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