Power Corrupts Quotes

Quotes tagged as "power-corrupts" (showing 1-11 of 11)
Anne Fortier
“He always says that those who control the present can rewrite the past.”
Anne Fortier, The Lost Sisterhood

Tupac Shakur
“They ordered the extermination
of all minds they couldn't control”
Tupac Shakur, The Rose That Grew from Concrete

Gore Vidal
“On the throne of the world, any delusion can become fact.”
Gore Vidal, Julian

Thomas Szasz
“Malcolm X and Edmund Burke shared an appreciation of this important insight, this painful truth--that the state wants men to be weak and timid, not strong and proud.”
Thomas Stephen Szasz, Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts and Pushers

Masha du Toit
“Knowledge is a dangerous thing. But ignorance is no protection.”
Masha du Toit, The Broken Path

Edward Gibbon
“Most of the crimes which disturb the internal peace of society are produced by the restraints which the necessary, but unequal, laws of property have imposed on the appetites of mankind, by confining to a few the possession of those objects that are coveted by many. Of all our passions and appetites, the love of power is of the most imperious and unsociable nature, since the pride of one man requires the submission of the multitude. In the tumult of civil discord, the laws of society lose their force, and their place is seldom supplied by those of humanity. The ardor of contention, the pride of victory, the despair of success, the memory of past injuries, and the fear of future dangers, all contribute to inflame the mind, and to silence the voice of pity. From such motives almost every page of history has been stained with civil blood....”
Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I

Murray N. Rothbard
“It is an ironic footnote on Peter Stuyvesant’s frenzy at the idea of surrender that he passed his last days, in the late 1660s and early 1670s, in peaceful contentment on his farm in Manhattan, not only unmolested but in friendship with Governor Nicolls. Shorn of power, Peter Stuyvesant was a happier and perhaps a wiser man.”
Murray N. Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty

Mikhail Bakunin
“He who is given power will inevitably become an oppressor and exploiter of society.”
Mikhail Bakunin

Mikhail Bakunin
“The masses, on admitting their own incapacity to govern themselves, have elected me as their head By doing so, they have clearly proclaimed their own inferiority and my superiority. In this great crowd of men, among whom I hardly find any who are my equals, I alone am capable of administering public affairs. The people need me; they cannot get along without my services, while I am sufficient unto myself. They must therefore obey me for their own good, and I, by deigning to command them, create their happiness and well-being." There is enough here to turn anyone's head and corrupt the heart and make one swell with pride, isn't there? That is how power and the habit of commanding become a source of aberration, both intellectual and moral, even for the most intelligent and most virtuous of men.”
Mikhail Bakunin

Linda Berdoll
“He suddenly understood that power and pleasure were keenly entwined. One could succumb to such power. It corrupts the foolish and tests the resolute.”
Linda Berdoll, The Darcys: New Pleasures

Chris Dee
“Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Superpowers corrupt… superbly.”
Chris Dee, Identity Element