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A list of the best power quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous power quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic power quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational power quotes from that same writer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13 6
A friend in power is a friend lost. Henry Adams

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10 4
Power is the by-product of understanding. Jacob Bronowski

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

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8 3
Nothing powers hate better than embarrassment. Janet Morris

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

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5 0
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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6 1
He who pays the piper calls the tune.

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6 1
Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent. Jonathan Swift

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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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6 1
What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?

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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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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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Madness in great ones must not unwatched go. William Shakespeare

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5 1
Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration. Seneca the Younger

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

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

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

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5 2
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs. Margaret Thatcher

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4 1
A cock has great influence on his own dunghill. Publilius Syrus

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

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

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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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You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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5 3
"I want to live like a man." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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4 2
There is no good or evil: only power and those too weak to seek it. J. K. Rowling

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4 2
"It's too early for my girls.... But for you...of course...whatever you require." Chris Morris

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3 1
dougjohnson@usa.com added Power is Taken, Not Given

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3 1
"Learn when to fear, and how to fear, and how much to fear, before you squander all you have left." Janet Morris, Chris Morris

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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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A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it. Jean Rostand

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

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Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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

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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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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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Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. Napoleon Bonaparte

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The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both. Václav Havel