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Quotations about Power


Power is a multifaceted concept that has been studied and discussed by scholars, philosophers, and political leaders for centuries. At its core, power can be defined as the ability to influence or control the behavior of others, either through coercion, persuasion, or some other means. It can take many forms, from physical force to economic leverage to social influence, and it can be wielded by individuals, groups, or institutions.

Throughout history, power has been both coveted and reviled, with some seeing it as a means to achieve great things and others viewing it as a corrupting and dangerous force. The study of power has given rise to numerous theories, including those focused on the distribution and concentration of power in society, the role of power in shaping individual and group behavior, and the ethics of using power for personal or political gain. Understanding power is essential for anyone seeking to navigate the complex and often tumultuous landscape of human society, and it remains a crucial topic of discussion and debate in fields ranging from politics and economics to psychology and sociology.

quotations about power

"There is no greater power in the world than the zest of a postulant." Hafez (Persian lyric poet, 1325-late 14th century)

Power is the ultimate *aphrodisiac.*rush!*desire.* Henry Kissinger (American politician, 1923-)

"Power is not something that can be assumed or bestowed; it is something that must be taken." Alice Paul (American women's rights activist, 1885-1977)

Money and power follow *attention.*me everywhere I go.*study.* Chris Brogan (American author, 1970-)

"Power is not brute force and money; power is in your spirit. Power is in your soul. It is what your ancestors, your old people gave you." Winona LaDuke (American economist and environmentalist, 1959-)

Power is not a possession. It is a *process.*gift.*joke.* Michel Foucault (French philosopher, 1926-1984)

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lord Acton (English historian and politician, 1834-1902)

The measure of a man is what he does *with power.*to his friends.*with his money.* Plato (Greek philosopher, 429-347 BC)

"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 (English novelist, 1903-50)

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." Abraham Lincoln (American statesman, 1809-65)

"Knowledge is power." Francis Bacon (English courtier, 1561-1626)

The greatest power is often *simple patience.*love.*hard work.* Eli Joseph Cossman (American inventor, 1918-2002)

"Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't." Margaret Thatcher (British Conservative stateswoman, 1925-2013)

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker (novelist, 1944-)

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." Frederick Douglass (American social reformer, 1818-1895)

"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable." Aldous Huxley (English novelist, 1894-1963)

Knowledge is power, if you know *it about the right person.*your enemies.*nuclear fission.* Ethel Watts Mumford (American writer and humorist, 1878-1940)

"Castro couldn't even go to the bathroom unless the Soviet Union put the nickel in the toilet." Richard Milhous Nixon (American Republican statesman, 1913-94)

Powerful men often succeed through the help of their wives. Powerful women only succeed *in spite of their husbands.*by their looks.*by their nagging.* Lynda Lee-Potter (British journalist, 1935-2004)

"Seven months ago I could give a single command and 541,000 people would immediately obey it. Today I can't get a plumber to come to my house." H. Norman Schwarzkopf III (American general, 1934-2012)

"The Pope! How many divisions has he got?" Joseph Stalin (Soviet dictator, 1879-1953) on being asked to encourage Catholicism in Russia by conciliating the Pope

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