Quotes About Power

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Carter G. Woodson
“History shows that it does not matter who is in power or what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they had in the beginning.”
Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
“Someone that you have deprived of everything is no longer in your power. He is once again entirely free.”
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Ayn Rand
“Of course I need you. I go insane when I see you. You can do almost anything you wish with me. Is that what you want to hear? Almost, Dominique. And the things you couldn't make me do — you could put me through hell if you demanded them and I had to refuse you, as I would. Through utter hell, Dominique. Does that please you? Why do you want to know whether you own me? It's so simple. Of course you do. All of me that can be owned. You'll never demand anything else. But you want to know whether you could make me suffer. You could. What of it?" The words did not sound like surrender, because they were not torn out of him, but admitted simply and willingly. She felt no thrill of conquest; she felt herself owned more than ever, by a man who could say these things, know them to be true, and still remain controlled and controlling — as she wanted him to remain.”
Ayn Rand, The Fountainhead

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Do the thing and you will have the power.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Harness the power of today. Seize the blessings of today! Make something happen, enhance your
“Harness the power of today. Seize the blessings of today! Make something happen, enhance your life, make someone laugh, help a friend, love, love, love!”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Isaiah Berlin
“Both liberty and equality are among the primary goals pursued by human beings throughout many centuries; but total liberty for wolves is death to the lambs, total liberty of the powerful, the gifted, is not compatible with the rights to a decent existence of the weak and the less gifted.”
Isaiah Berlin, The Crooked Timber of Humanity: Chapters in the History of Ideas

Start shaping your own day. Start walking your own walk. This journey is yours, take
“Start shaping your own day. Start walking your own walk. This journey is yours, take charge of it. Stop giving other people the power to shape your life.”
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

Joseph Conrad
“They were conquerors, and for that you want only brute force--nothing to boast of, when you have it, since your strength is just an accident arising from the weakness of others.”
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness
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Friedrich Nietzsche
“But thus do I counsel you, my friends: distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful!”
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book for All and None

“If sexuality is one dimension of our ability to live passionately in the world then in cutting off our sexual feelings we diminish our overall power to feel know and value deeply.”
Judith Plaskow, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective

Kahlil Gibran
“A voice cannot carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.

And alone and without his nest shall the eagle fly across the sun.”
Kahlil Gibran

J.R.R. Tolkien
“And Gandalf said: "This is your realm, and the heart of the greater realm that shall be. The Third Age of the world is ended, and the new age is begun; and it is your task to order its beginning and to preserve what must be preserved. For though much has been saved, much must now pass away; and the power of the Three Rings also is ended. And all the lands that you see, and those that lie round about them, shall be dwellings of Men. For the time comes of the Dominion of Men, and the Elder Kindred shall fade or depart.”
J.R.R. Tolkien

Rita Mae Brown
“Language exerts hidden power, like the moon on the tides.”
Rita Mae Brown

Orson Scott Card
“There was no doubt now in Ender's mind. There was no help for him. Whatever he faced, now and forever, no on ewould save him from it. Peter might be scum, but Peter had been right, always right; the power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can't kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

Jim Butcher
“Being a wizard gives you more power than most, but it doesn't change your heart. We're all human. We're all of us equally naked before the jaws of pain.”
Jim Butcher, White Night

Jim Butcher
“All power is the same. Magic. Physical strength. Economic strength. Political strength. It all serves a single purpose-it gives its possessor a broader spectrum of choices. It creates alternative courses of action. ”
Jim Butcher, Proven Guilty
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“When we touch the place in our lives where sexuality and spirituality come together, we touch our wholeness and the fullness of our power, and at the same time our connection with a power larger than ourselves.”
Judith Plaskow, Standing Again at Sinai: Judaism from a Feminist Perspective

Ursula K. Le Guin
“If one believes that words are acts, as I do, then one must hold writers responsible for what their words do.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, Dancing at the Edge of the World: Thoughts on Words, Women, Places

Henry Adams
“A friend in power is a friend lost.”
Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

Ann E. Burg
“Sometimes the words people don't say are as powerful as the ones they do.”
Ann E. Burg, All the Broken Pieces

Joss Whedon
“In my generation, there was a single girl given the strength and skill to fight the spread of darkness...but in your generation, there are nearly two thousand with the powers of the slayer, and not all of them have chosen to use their newfound abilities conscientiously.”
Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: No Future for You

Criss Jami
“Pride and power fall when the person falls, but discoveries of truth form legacies that can be built upon for generations.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Philip G. Zimbardo
“Majority decisions tend to be made without engaging the systematic thought and critical thinking skills of the individuals in the group. Given the force of the group's normative power to shape the opinions of the followers who conform without thinking things through, they are often taken at face value. The persistent minority forces the others to process the relevant information more mindfully. Research shows that the deciscions of a group as a whole are more thoughtful and creative when there is minority dissent than when it is absent.”
Philip G. Zimbardo, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Shannon L. Alder
“The problem isn’t that I think so highly of myself. It is just that you think so little of yourself. Live life BIG, BOLD and OUT LOUD!”
Shannon L. Alder

Jarod Kintz
“Love rules the world. Like a tyrant.
”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

Jarod Kintz
“Before I make you boss, I want to tattoo “Assistant” around your asshole.”
Jarod Kintz, This Book Has No Title

“Can Power speak the truth to love? These men certainly blurted it out. And what did we learn from them? That power is blind, and love at first sight is a fickle judge of those who grasp too desperately.”
Benson Bruno, A Story That Talks about Talking Is Like Chatter to Chattering Teeth, and Every Set of Dentures Can Attest to the Fact That No..

Christine Feehan
“He was demanding. He always would be. But sometimes, he was so vulnerable and she realized she had power in the relationship as well. She hadn’t expected that. He was as vulnerable to her as she was to him. He just acted arrogant and bossy, but deep down, where it counted, he didn’t want to lose her either.”
Christine Feehan, Safe Harbor

Philip K. Dick
“Silence. It flashed from the woodwork and the walls; it smote him with an awful, total power, as if generated by a vast mill. It rose from the floor, up out of the tattered gray wall-to-wall carpeting. It unleashed itself from the broken and semi-broken appliances in the kitchen, the dead machines which hadn’t worked in all the time Isidore had lived here. From the useless pole lamp in the living room it oozed out, meshing with the empty and wordless descent of itself from the fly-specked ceiling. It managed in fact to emerge from every object within his range of vision, as if it—the silence—meant to supplant all things tangible. Hence it assailed not only his ears but his eyes; as he stood by the inert TV set he experienced the silence as visible and, in its own way, alive. Alive! He had often felt its austere approach before; when it came it burst in without subtlety, evidently unable to wait. The silence of the world could not rein back its greed. Not any longer. Not when it had virtually won.”
Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Jarod Kintz
“I am the minister in The Ministry of Scarcity, but I’m not ordained because they were out of the paper they use to print the certificates on. Still, the title alone carries some weight (2.2 pounds).”
Jarod Kintz, The Titanic would never have sunk if it were made out of a sink.

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