Power Quotes

Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
– Oprah Winfrey
With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.
– William Wordsworth
New York City is a great monument to the power of money and greed... a race for rent.
– Frank Lloyd Wright
There was a power outage at a department store yesterday. Twenty people were trapped on the escalators.
– Steven Wright
It is from weakness that people reach for dictators and concentrated government power. Only the strong can be free. And only the productive can be strong.
– Wendell L. Willkie
Moral power is probably best when it is not used. The less you use it the more you have.
– Andrew Young
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers:
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
– William Wordsworth
Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
– Abigail Adams
Knowledge is power.
(Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est)
– Sir Francis Bacon
The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.
– Epictetus
Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it.
– George Bernard Shaw
Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
– Malcolm X
Only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit.
– Chuck Palahniuk
You want a culture where citizens are free to express themselves and so live in the openness necessary to the functioning of a successful economy? Israel has a free press, much of it openly hostile to the parties in power.
– John Podhoretz
You should see what our Founding Fathers used to say to each other and in the early part of our nation. But what they were able to do, especially in Philadelphia in 1787, four months, they argued about what a House should be, what a Senate should be, the power of the president, the Congress, the Supreme Court. And they had to deal with slavery.
– Colin Powell
You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed with the power that the Six Grandfathers gave me.
– Black Elk
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
You can't trust anybody with power.
– Newt Gingrich
You always do what you want to do. This is true with every act. You may say that you had to do something, or that you were forced to, but actually, whatever you do, you do by choice. Only you have the power to choose for yourself.
– W. Clement Stone
Words, without power, is mere philosophy.
– Muhammad Iqbal
Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.
– Edgar Allan Poe
Words derive their power from the original word.
– Meister Eckhart
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
– Aeschylus
Whether it comes from a despotic sovereign or an elected president, from a murderous general or a beloved leader, I see power as an inhuman and hateful phenomenon.
– Oriana Fallaci
Wherever there is interest and power to do wrong, wrong will generally be done.
– James Madison
Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected. No man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.
– James Madison
When you live under the power of terror and segregation, you can't ever start a work of art.
– Jeanne Moreau
When you give everyone a voice and give people power, the system usually ends up in a really good place. So, what we view our role as, is giving people that power.
– Mark Zuckerberg
When we consistently suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away.
– Shakti Gawain
When the Lord Chancellor violates the trust of his great office of state to solicit party donations from people whose careers he can control, and then says I'm not sorry, and I'd do it again no wonder the public think that power has gone to their heads.
– William Hague
When leaders take back power, when they act as heroes and saviors, they end up exhausted, overwhelmed, and deeply stressed.
– Margaret J. Wheatley
When it comes to energy, cost isn't everything - but it's a lot. Everybody wants cheap power.
– Jeff Goodell
When every physical and mental resources is focused, one's power to solve a problem multiplies tremendously.
– Norman Vincent Peale
When anyone has the power to destroy the whole human race in a matter of hours, it becomes a moral issue. The church must speak out.
– Billy Graham
Whatever else it was, Adolf Hitler's short-lived regime was also a colossal industrial process by which the wealth and productive power of much of Europe was wrenched from its normal purposes and converted into a machine for killing.
– James Buchan
What this power is I cannot say all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.
– Alexander Graham Bell
What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely. From an acting point of view, that's how I approached the part.
– Christopher Reeve
What is the system? It revolves around the banks, the system is built on the power of the banks, so it can be destroyed through the banks.
– Eric Cantona
What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?
– Elizabeth Barrett Browning
What has destroyed every previous civilization has been the tendency to the unequal distribution of wealth and power.
– Henry George
Well, when I was younger, I lied all the time, because once you understand the power of lying, it's really like magic because you transform reality for people.
– Louis C. K.
Well, I think, by definition, all power has limits.
– Hillary Clinton
We'll never solve the feminization of power until we solve the masculinity of wealth.
– Gloria Steinem
We should try to understand our innermost needs. We shouldn't use irony to reduce their power.
– Manuel Puig
We say no to lots of things that would please us. I would like to punch people every now and then, but I don't. I would like to have something for free rather than pay for it. I would like to skip to the front of the line... I don't mean to brush aside the taste of meat, which is a powerful attraction. But its power is not without limit.
– Jonathan Safran Foer
We need to understand that we are not each others' enemies in this country. And it is only the political class that derives its power by creating friction. It is only the media that derives its importance by creating friction... that uses every little thing to create this chasm between people. This is not who we are.
– Benjamin Carson
We have also arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. This is a prescription for disaster. We might get away with it for a while, but sooner or later this combustible mixture of ignorance and power is going to blow up in our faces.
– Carl Sagan
We have a market-driven society so obsessed with buying and selling and obsessed with power and pleasure and property.
– Cornel West
We believe in a flexible union of free member states who share treaties and institutions and pursue together the ideal of co-operation, to represent and promote the values of European civilisation in the world, advance our shared interests by using our collective power to open markets, and to build a strong economic base across the whole of Europe.
– David Cameron
We all have our own life to pursue, our own kind of dream to be weaving, and we all have the power to make wishes come true, as long as we keep believing.
– Louisa May Alcott
Vision without power does bring moral elevation but cannot give a lasting culture.
– Muhammad Iqbal
Using the power you derive from the discovery of the truth about racism in South Africa, you will help us to remake our part of the world into a corner of the globe on which all - of which all of humanity can be proud.
– Oliver Tambo
Unless we do things in this country to slow down our population, slow down our birth control, provide better water for people, provide power for people, we're gonna find out that the next wars are not going to be fought over diamonds, gold and political things.
– Evel Knievel
Truth is the ultimate power. When the truth comes around, all the lies have to run and hide.
– Ice Cube
Truth is powerful and it prevails.
– Sojourner Truth
Tonight, we gather to affirm the greatness of our nation - not because of the height of our skyscrapers, or the power of our military, or the size of our economy. Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago.
– Barack Obama
Today's leading real-world retailer, Wal-Mart, uses software to power its logistics and distribution capabilities, which it has used to crush its competition.
– Marc Andreessen
Today we thank God for all the blessings He has bestowed upon this great Country and ask Him to continue to heal our land and meet our needs - and we do so through the power of prayer.
– Nick Rahall
To live happily is an inward power of the soul.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves - there lies the great, singular power of self-respect.
– Joan Didion
Time is compressed like the fist I close on my knee... I hold inside it the clues and solutions and the power for what I must do now.
– Margaret Atwood
Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic.
– Alexis Carrel
This revolution, the information revoultion, is a revolution of free energy as well, but of another kind: free intellectual energy. It's very crude today, yet our Macintosh computer takes less power than a 100-watt bulb to run it and it can save you hours a day. What will it be able to do ten or 20 years from now, or 50 years from now?
– Steve Jobs
This nuclear option is ultimately an example of the arrogance of power.
– Joe Biden
This is the pain pacemaker. I've got a battery under my skin. From that battery are two electrodes that go into the spine where they cut bone away to accommodate it. Now I put on the power here. If I have the pain, the stimulator starts. It's tingling, like when your foot falls asleep, you know?
– Jerry Lewis
This House cannot function without an open, accountable, and independent ethics process and the molestation of that process by the majority is an abuse of power that cannot stand.
– Louise Slaughter
They say the test of literary power is whether a man can write an inscription. I say, 'Can he name a kitten?'
– Samuel Butler
These years in silence and reflection made me stronger and reminded me that acceptance has to come from within and that this kind of truth gives me the power to conquer emotions I didn't even know existed.
– Ricky Martin
There's a lot more power in calm than in vituperation.
– Dennis Prager
There will always be vain, obsessive people who want to own rare and extraordinary things whatever the cost there will always be people for whom owning beautiful, dangerous animals brings a sense of power and magic.
– Susan Orlean
There is trust in there being a Spirit who loves me and wants me to have love in my life. I trust in this higher power, it is what keeps me moving forward no matter what happens.
– Kenny Loggins
There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation's braggart lords.
– John Muir
There is nothing happens to any person but what was in his power to go through with.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
There is no man more dangerous, in a position of power, than he who refuses to accept as a working truth the idea that all a man does should make for rightness and soundness, that even the fixing of a tariff rate must be moral.
– Ida Tarbell
There is much to dislike about President Obama's approach to the financial crisis. But opposition, it seems, will have to come from somewhere other than conservatism. The party out of power is also a party out of touch.
– Thomas Frank
There is a glaring reason that the necessary total ban on nontherapeutic use of antibiotics hasn't happened: The factory farm industry, allied with the pharmaceutical industry, has more power than public-health professionals.
– Jonathan Safran Foer
There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.
– Anne-Sophie Swetchine
There are many respects in which America, if it can bring itself to act with the magnanimity and the empathy appropriate to its size and power, can be an intelligent example to the world.
– J. William Fulbright
Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they may keep the common man in eternal subjection.
– Henry A. Wallace
The worth of a civilization or a culture is not valued in the terms of its material wealth or military power, but by the quality and achievements of its representative individuals - its philosophers, its poets and its artists.
– Herbert Read
The worst pain a man can suffer: to have insight into much and power over nothing.
– Herodotus
The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
– Friedrich Nietzsche
The world is not going into concentric blocs of power. It is actually going into a diffusion of power with more centres of decision-making than ever in human civilisation. That requires you to place yourself in far more hubs of power than ever before.
– William Hague
The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.
– Swami Vivekananda
The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason.
– Voltaire
The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.
– James Madison
The truth does not require a majority to prevail, ladies and gentlemen. The truth is its own power. The truth will out. Never forget that.
– Rush Limbaugh
The trouble with her is that she lacks the power of conversation but not the power of speech.
– George Bernard Shaw
The symptoms of fascist thinking are colored by environment and adapted to immediate circumstances. But always and everywhere they can be identified by their appeal to prejudice and by the desire to play upon the fears and vanities of different groups in order to gain power.
– Henry A. Wallace
The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice.
– Thomas Malthus
The super power that I would choose would be compassion. Because that's what I think it takes to make it through life-an understanding, a give and take. It saves an awful lot of resentment.
– Craig T. Nelson
The struggle for existence holds as much in the intellectual as in the physical world. A theory is a species of thinking, and its right to exist is coextensive with its power of resisting extinction by its rivals.
– Thomas Huxley
The spread of civilisation may be likened to a fire first, a feeble spark, next a flickering flame, then a mighty blaze, ever increasing in speed and power.
– Nikola Tesla
The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power.
– Carol P. Christ
The rules have changed. True power is held by the person who possesses the largest bookshelf, not gun cabinet or wallet.
– Anthony J. D'Angelo
The real problem is that the way that power is given out in our society pits us against each other.
– Anita Hill
The race of mankind would perish did they cease to aid each other. We cannot exist without mutual help. All therefore that need aid have a right to ask it from their fellow-men and no one who has the power of granting can refuse it without guilt.
– Sir Walter Scott