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Power is the most persuasive rhetoric. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes. George Bernard Shaw

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Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. Abraham Lincoln

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No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power. Charles Caleb Colton

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Power has only one duty --to secure the social welfare of the People. Benjamin Disraeli

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Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. George Orwell

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Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. George Bernard Shaw

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The power to do good is also the power to do harm. Milton Friedman

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Nothing powers hate better than embarrassment. Janet Morris

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Power is the by-product of understanding. Jacob Bronowski

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A friend in power is a friend lost. Henry Adams

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Power never takes a step back except in the face of more power. Malcolm X

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If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you. T. S. Eliot

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Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely. Adlai Stevenson I

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It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs. Margaret Thatcher

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Madness in great ones must not unwatched go. William Shakespeare

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Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration. Seneca the Younger

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Unless a serpent devour a serpent it will not become a dragon. Unless one power absorb another, it will not become great.

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He who pays the piper calls the tune.

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All, or the greatest part of men that have aspired to riches or power, have attained thereunto either by force or fraud, and what they have by craft or cruelty gained, to cover the foulness of their fact, they call purchase, as a name more honest. Howsoever, he that for want of will or wit useth not those means, must rest in servitude and poverty. Walter Raleigh

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What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

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If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again.

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"Grab reality by the balls and squeeze." Janet Morris

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"I want to live like a man." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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Power gravitates to the man who knows how. Orison Swett Marden

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Men should think twice before making widow hood woman's only path to power. Gloria Steinem

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There are powers inside of you which, if you could discover and use, would make of you everything you ever dreamed or imagined you could become. Orison Swett Marden

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"It's too early for my girls.... But for you...of course...whatever you require." Chris Morris

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There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace. Woodrow Wilson

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Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things. Napoleon Hill

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Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't. Margaret Thatcher

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Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent. Jonathan Swift

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Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent. Napoleon Bonaparte

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There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seek it. J. K. Rowling

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"Die never for a god, Nikodemos who should know better -- not your soldiers' god, nor any other." Janet Morris

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"You get what you expect. Expect to heal. Expect victory." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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He is the most powerful who has himself, in his power. Seneca the Younger

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Here Stormbringer spies the Stepsons, the Theban fighters, and the 3rd Commando, attending to their own. In the face of such unflinching determination and unswerving devotion, the hurricane pauses and calms. Its ravings turn to mutters. Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it. H. L. Mencken

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Not necessity, not desire --no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything --health, food, a place to live, entertainment --they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied. Friedrich Nietzsche

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Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself. Gloria Steinem

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To get power over is to defile. To possess is to defile. Simone Weil

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I feel it now: there's a power in me to grasp and give shape to my world I know that nothing has ever been real without my beholding it. All becoming has need me.. Rainer Maria Rilke

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The fundamental concept in social science is Power, in the same sense in which Energy is the fundamental concept in physics. Bertrand Russell

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Alexander at the head of the world never tasted the true pleasure that boys of his own age have enjoyed at the head of a school. Horace Walpole

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It is difficult to find a reputable American historian who will acknowledge the crude fact that a Franklin Roosevelt, say, wanted to be President merely to wield power, to be famed and to be feared. To learn this simple fact one must wade through a sea of Gore Vidal

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Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power. Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson

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Every addition to true knowledge is an addition to human power. Horace Mann

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The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly. Jean de La Bruyère