Power Quotes

When you blame others, you give up your power to change.
– Robert Anthony

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things.
– Henry Ward Beecher

Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
– Voltaire

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

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
– John Muir
And remember, where you have a concentration of power in a few hands, all too frequently men with the mentality of gangsters get control. History has proven that. All power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely.
– Lord Acton
Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could.
– Abigail Adams
Liberty, according to my metaphysics is a self-determining power in an intellectual agent. It implies thought and choice and power.
– John Adams
Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.
– John Adams
Power always thinks... that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
– John Adams
The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.
– Samuel Adams
Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.
– Joseph Addison
Conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long; even if it is, the consciousness of possessing and using it well should satisfy one, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
– Louisa May Alcott
You have a good many little gifts and virtues, but there is no need of parading them, for conceit spoils the finest genius. There is not much danger that real talent or goodness will be overlooked long, and the great charm of all power is modesty.
– Louisa May Alcott
Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.
– Muhammad Ali
Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation.
– James Allen
Order is power.
– Henri Frederic Amiel
No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.
– Barbara de Angelis
As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex; while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.
– Saint Thomas Aquinas
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
The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.
– Aneurin Bevan
Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband.
– Ambrose Bierce
Clairvoyant, n.: A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron - namely, that he is a blockhead.
– Ambrose Bierce
Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
– Ambrose Bierce
There's a great power in words, if you don't hitch too many of them together.
– Josh Billings
You must never underestimate the power of the eyebrow.
– Jack Black
Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government.
– Tony Blair
I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
One should never forbid what one lacks the power to prevent.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
The force of the advertising word and image dwarfs the power of other literature in the 20th century.
– Daniel J. Boorstin
The greatness of a man's power is the measure of his surrender.
– William Booth
Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians.
– David Brinkley
A man who lives right, and is right, has more power in his silence than another has by his words.
– Phillip Brooks
Two thousand years ago, we lived in a world of Gods and Goddesses. Today, we live in a world solely of Gods. Women in most cultures have been stripped of their spiritual power.
– Dan Brown
Never underestimate the power of a simple tool.
– Craig Bruce
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 Bruyere
None who have always been free can understand the terrible fascinating power of the hope of freedom to those who are not free.
– Pearl S. Buck
A reform is a correction of abuses; a revolution is a transfer of power.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton
To enlarge or illustrate this power and effect of love is to set a candle in the sun.
– Robert Burton
I believe in the transformational power of liberty. I believe that the free Iraq is in this nation's interests. I believe a free Afghanistan is in this nation's interest.
– George W. Bush
Use power to help people. For we are given power not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people.
– George W. Bush
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions.
– Roger Babson
Not the power to remember, but its very opposite, the power to forget, is a necessary condition for our existence.
– Saint Basil
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
– David Brin
Knowledge is power. Most of us agree that something has to be done to strengthen Social Security, and I believe it's irresponsible to arbitrarily dismiss any idea, Republican nor Democrat, without giving it a hard look.
– Conrad Bums
If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
– Julius Caesar
All modern revolutions have ended in a reinforcement of the power of the State.
– Albert Camus
The eye sees what it brings the power to see.
– Thomas Carlyle
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
– Andrew Carnegie
The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly near to us from afar off, but upon our perceptions being made finer, so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears can hear what is there about us always.
– Willa Cather
Power without a nation's confidence is nothing.
– Catherine II
Never stand begging for that which you have the power to earn.
– Miguel de Cervantes
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.
– G. K. Chesterton
The intellectual tradition is one of servility to power, and if I didn't betray it I'd be ashamed of myself.
– Noam Chomsky
For good or for ill, air mastery is today the supreme expression of military power and fleets and armies, however vital and important, must accept a subordinate rank.
– Sir Winston Churchill
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
– Sir Winston Churchill
The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.
– Sir Winston Churchill
The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.
– Sir Winston Churchill
Great is the power of habit. It teaches us to bear fatigue and to despise wounds and pain.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
In a republic this rule ought to be observed: that the majority should not have the predominant power.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
Woes and wonders of Power, that tonic hell, synthesis of poison and panacea.
– Emile M. Cioran
CNN is one of the participants in the war. I have a fantasy where Ted Turner is elected president but refuses because he doesn't want to give up power.
– Arthur C. Clarke
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.
– Alan Cohen
Your real self - the I am I - is master of this land, the ruler of this empire. You rightfully have power and dominion over it, all its inhabitants, and all contained in its realm.
– Robert Collier
We do not need more intellectual power, we need more spiritual power. We do not need more of the things that are seen, we need more of the things that are unseen.
– Calvin Coolidge
Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.
– Stephen Covey
We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
– Stephen Covey
The party in power, like Jonah's gourd, grew up quickly, and will quickly fall.
– Davy Crockett
When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued.
– Julia Margaret Cameron
To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter. It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of a warrior's spirit. It takes power to do that.
– Carlos Castaneda
The greatest power is often simple patience.
– E. Joseph Cossman
When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.
– Emile Coue
Power is dangerous unless you have humility.
– Richard J. Daley
It is good taste, and good taste alone, that possesses the power to sterilize and is always the first handicap to any creative functioning.
– Salvador Dali
If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think.
– Clarence Darrow
Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.
– Rene Descartes
When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
– Rene Descartes
Grammar is a piano I play by ear. All I know about grammar is its power.
– Joan Didion