Power Quotes

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
No punishment has ever possessed enough power of deterrence to prevent the commission of crimes. On the contrary, whatever the punishment, once a specific crime has appeared for the first time, its reappearance is more likely than its initial emergence could ever have been.
– Hannah Arendt
Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance.
– Hannah Arendt
In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.
– Aristotle
Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.
– Aristotle
The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
– Aristotle
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.
– Aristotle
Knowledge and human power are synonymous.
– Sir Francis Bacon
The desire of excessive power caused the angels to fall; the desire of knowledge caused men to fall.
– Sir Francis Bacon
Ah, summer, what power you have to make us suffer and like it.
– Russell Baker
It is certain, in any case, that ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have.
– James A. Baldwin
The only thing that white people have that black people need, or should want, is power-and no one holds power forever.
– James A. Baldwin
The power of the white world is threatened whenever a black man refuses to accept the white world's definitions.
– James A. Baldwin
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
– Honore de Balzac
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
– Honore de Balzac
People who believe they have the power to exercise some measure of control over their lives are healthier, more effective and more successful than those who lack faith in their ability to effect changes in their lives.
– Albert Bandura
There is something about inside information which seems to paralyse a man's reasoning powers.
– Bernard Baruch
In the same way that we need statesmen to spare us the abjection of exercising power, we need scholars to spare us the abjection of learning.
– Jean Baudrillard
A man's true state of power and riches is to be in himself.
– Henry Ward Beecher
Our attitudes control our lives. Attitudes are a secret power working twenty-four hours a day, for good or bad. It is of paramount importance that we know how to harness and control this great force.
– Irving Berlin