150 Famous Quotes About Power

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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

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

— Margaret Thatcher

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect.

— Bruce Lee

All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Character is power.

— Booker T. Washington

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be.

— Thomas Jefferson

Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn’t have the power to say yes.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

The less effort, the faster and more powerful you will be.

— Bruce Lee

Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.

— Robert A. Heinlein

What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

— Aristotle

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

— Victor Hugo

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice.

— Ayn Rand

The world itself is the will to power – and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power – and nothing else!

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Knowledge is power.

— Francis Bacon

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

To achieve, you need thought. You have to know what you are doing and that’s real power.

— Ayn Rand

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

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

— Frederick Douglass

Power is the great aphrodisiac.

— Henry A. Kissinger

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.

— Alice Walker

Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought.

— Blaise Pascal

A man’s true state of power and riches is to be in himself.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

— Epictetus

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers.

— Erich Fromm

If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought.

— Peace Pilgrim

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman’s power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.

— Ambrose Bierce

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing to be able to dare!

— Fyodor Dostoevsky

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.

— Blaise Pascal

The eye sees what it brings the power to see.

— Thomas Carlyle

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

— Edmund Burke

Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money.

— Donald Trump

But to me nothing – the negative, the empty – is exceedingly powerful.

— Alan Watts

There is no power on earth that can neutralize the influence of a high, simple and useful life.

— Booker T. Washington

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.

— Epicurus

Power has only one duty – to secure the social welfare of the People.

— Benjamin Disraeli

Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best.

— Edward Abbey

Question: Why are we Masters of our Fate, the captains of our souls? Because we have the power to control our thoughts, our attitudes. That is why many people live in the withering negative world. That is why many people live in the Positive Faith world.

— Alfred A. Montapert

Power is action the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.

— Honore de Balzac

My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control these three alone lead one to sovereign power.

— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Money is power, and in that government which pays all the public officers of the states will all political power be substantially concentrated.

— Andrew Jackson

Truth is powerful and it prevails.

— Sojourner Truth

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be.

— Alice Walker

There is that in the glance of a flower which may at times control the greatest of creation’s braggart lords.

— John Muir

Power, after love, is the first source of happiness.

— Stendhal

Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.

— William Wordsworth

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power.

— Charles de Gaulle

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man’s spirit than when we win his heart.

— Eric Hoffer

The value systems of those with access to power and of those far removed from such access cannot be the same. The viewpoint of the privileged is unlike that of the underprivileged.

— Aung San Suu Kyi

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.

— Andrew Carnegie

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future.

— Eric Hoffer

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 purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.

— Aneurin Bevan

Whoever is new to power is always harsh.

— Aeschylus

Capitalism works better from every perspective when the economic decision makers are forced to share power with those who will be affected by those decisions.

— Barney Frank

Knowledge is the most democratic source of power.

— Alvin Toffler

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.

— Phillips Brooks

Excessive fear is always powerless.

— Aeschylus

Power is the most persuasive rhetoric.

— Friedrich Schiller

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God.

— Arnold J. Toynbee

Will power is only the tensile strength of one’s own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce.

— Cesare Pavese

Power is dangerous unless you have humility.

— Richard J. Daley

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.

— Susan Sarandon

I cured with the power that came through me.

— Black Elk

Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.

— Abigail Adams

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power.

— Baruch Spinoza

Power acquired by violence is only a usurpation, and lasts only as long as the force of him who commands prevails over that of those who obey.

— Denis Diderot

The power of the people and the power of reason are one.

— Georg Buchner

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.

— Don DeLillo

The greatest power is often simple patience.

— E. Joseph Cossman

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality?

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning

People who are in power make their arrangements in secret, largely as a way of maintaining and furthering that power.

— Don DeLillo

A true king is neither husband nor father he considers his throne and nothing else.

— Pierre Corneille

An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.

— Phaedrus

Women have to harness their power – its absolutely true. It’s just learning not to take the first no. And if you can’t go straight ahead, you go around the corner.

— Cher

The advertisers who believe in the selling power of jingles have never had to sell anything.

— David Ogilvy

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

I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system.

— Oskar Schindler

Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love.

— Nelson Rockefeller

Politics is not about power.

— Paul Wellstone

Power without a nation’s confidence is nothing.

— Catherine the Great

There is something about inside information which seems to paralyse a man’s reasoning powers.

— Bernard Baruch

Power is paradoxical.

— Friedrich Durrenmatt

The only power you have is the word no.

— Frances McDormand

Public misbehavior by the famous is a powerful teaching tool.

— Bill O’Reilly

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected.

— William Plomer

Personality has power to uplift, power to depress, power to curse, and power to bless.

— Paul Harris

No matter what has happened, you too have the power to enjoy yourself.

— Allen Klein

Throughout history, great leaders have known the power of humor.

— Allen Klein

The greatest power is not money power, but political power.

— Walter Annenberg

Power ought to serve as a check to power.

— Charles de Secondat

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.

— Theodore White

Sir, I am no sycophant or worshipper of power anywhere.

— Benjamin F. Wade

Prestige is the shadow of money and power.

— C. Wright Mills

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power.

— Charles Simmons

America has a critical role to play as the most powerful member of the world community.

— Adam Schiff

Each underestimates her own power and overestimates the other’s.

— Deborah Tannen

The real problem is that the way that power is given out in our society pits us against each other.

— Anita Hill

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer – the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power.

— A. J. P. Taylor

Every crisis offers you extra desired power.

— William Moulton Marston

There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.

— Everett Dirksen

Moral power is probably best when it is not used. The less you use it the more you have.

— Andrew Young

I believe in the power of weakness.

— Pat Buckley

Power and position often make a man trifle with the truth.

— George A. Smith

There are two ways of attaining an important end, force and perseverance the silent power of the latter grows irresistible with time.

— Sophie Swetchine

Ironically, women who acquire power are more likely to be criticized for it than are the men who have always had it.

— Carolyn Heilbrun

Next to power without honor, the most dangerous thing in the world is power without humor.

— Eric Sevareid

Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.

— William Pitt

The way to have power is to take it.

— Boss Tweed

The law has no power over heroes.

— Charlotte Lennox

We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.

— Groucho Marx

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.

— Jimi Hendrix

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it.

— Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Anybody can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way – that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy.

— Aristotle

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better. This is a most valuable – a most sacred right – a right, which we hope and believe, is to liberate the world.

— Abraham Lincoln

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.

— Washington Irving

Expose yourself to your deepest fear after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

— Jim Morrison

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

— Leo Buscaglia

That deep emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God.

— Albert Einstein

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

— Thomas Jefferson

You will know that forgiveness has begun when you recall those who hurt you and feel the power to wish them well.

— Lewis B. Smedes

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.

— Ronald Reagan

The means by which we live have outdistanced the ends for which we live. Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.

— Viktor E. Frankl

The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.

— Albert Einstein

I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.

— Harvey Fierstein

The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe.

— Albert Einstein

Be Impeccable With Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

— Miguel Angel Ruiz

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.

— P. J. O’Rourke

The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.

— Thomas Jefferson

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.

— Voltaire

Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.

— Milton Friedman

These men ask for just the same thing, fairness, and fairness only. This, so far as in my power, they, and all others, shall have.

— Abraham Lincoln

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.

— Lao Tzu

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

There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.

— Epictetus

We can be tired, weary and emotionally distraught, but after spending time alone with God, we find that He injects into our bodies energy, power and strength.

— Charles Stanley

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.

— Mahatma Gandhi

Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.

— Thomas Jefferson

Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.

— Joel Osteen

Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.

— Voltaire

If some people have the belief or view that the Dalai Lama has some miracle power, that’s totally nonsense.

— Dalai Lama

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

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.

— Winston Churchill

It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.

— Winston Churchill

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself.

— Winston Churchill

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.

— Aristotle

The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it.

— Winston Churchill

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

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

— John F. Kennedy

Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.

— John F. Kennedy

I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.

— John F. Kennedy

Power is not alluring to pure minds.

— Thomas Jefferson

Beliefs have the power to create and the power to destroy. Human beings have the awesome ability to take any experience of their lives and create a meaning that disempowers them or one that can literally save their lives.

— Tony Robbins

True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.

— John W. Gardner

This is one of the miracles of love: It gives a power of seeing through its own enchantments and yet not being disenchanted.

— C. S. Lewis

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.

— P. J. O’Rourke

One reason so few of us achieve what we truly want is that we never direct our focus we never concentrate our power. Most people dabble their way through life, never deciding to master anything in particular.

— Tony Robbins

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Knowledge will forever govern ignorance and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.

— James Madison

What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.

— C. S. Lewis

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

— Marcus Aurelius

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.

— Clint Eastwood

All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.

— Thomas Paine

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Where is the justice of political power if it executes the murderer and jails the plunderer, and then itself marches upon neighboring lands, killing thousands and pillaging the very hills?

— Khalil Gibran

The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.

— Ayn Rand

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.

— Oprah Winfrey

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

It is impossible for you to be angry and laugh at the same time. Anger and laughter are mutually exclusive and you have the power to choose either.

— Wayne Dyer

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

— John F. Kennedy

All the waste in a year from a nuclear power plant can be stored under a desk.

— Ronald Reagan

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world or to make it the last.

— John F. Kennedy

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

A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.

— Aristotle

I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.

— James Madison

Now we have a problem in making our power credible, and Vietnam is the place.

— John F. Kennedy

The world’s biggest power is the youth and beauty of a woman.

— Chanakya

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

Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing external to you has any power over you.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

The power of intuitive understanding will protect you from harm until the end of your days.

— Lao Tzu

I assess the power of a will by how much resistance, pain, torture it endures and knows how to turn to its advantage.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

Politicians also have no leisure, because they are always aiming at something beyond political life itself, power and glory, or happiness.

— Aristotle

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

The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.

— Aristotle

Power and speed be hands and feet.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power always thinks… that it is doing God’s service when it is violating all his laws.

— John Adams

There will be no end to the troubles of states, or of humanity itself, till philosophers become kings in this world, or till those we now call kings and rulers really and truly become philosophers, and political power and philosophy thus come into the same hands.

— Plato

Undeserved praise causes more pangs of conscience later than undeserved blame, but probably only for this reason, that our power of judgment are more completely exposed by being over praised than by being unjustly underestimated.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

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

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

There are old heads in the world who cannot help me by their example or advice to live worthily and satisfactorily to myself but I believe that it is in my power to elevate myself this very hour above the common level of my life.

— Henry David Thoreau

War has always been the grand sagacity of every spirit which has grown too inward and too profound its curative power lies even in the wounds one receives.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

A witty woman is a treasure a witty beauty is a power.

— George Meredith

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