Powerless Quotes

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Holly Black
“Why am I the way I am?” His tone makes it clear he’s proposing something I might suggest he ask, not really wondering about it. “There are no real answers, Jude. Why was I cruel to Folk? Why was I awful to you? Because I could be. Because I liked it. Because, for a moment, when I was at my worst, I felt powerful, and most of the time, I felt powerless, despite being a prince and the son of the High King of Faerie.”
Holly Black, The Wicked King

Erik Pevernagie
“Man may feel like a feeble and powerless pawn, at some moment in his life. This apprehension can come out of the blue, in the middle of the day, at the center of a public place, like a cerebral attack. Check mated by 'daily routine', he may feel trapped in a smothering set of circumstances and only a deconstruction of all impeding barriers can bring about a vital mental deliverance. ( "Check and mate" )”
Erik Pevernagie

Haruki Murakami
“I am living in hell from one day to the next. But there is nothing I can do to escape. I don't know where I would go if I did. I feel utterly powerless, and that feeling is my prision. I entered of my own free will, I locked the door, and I threw away the key.”
Haruki Murakami

Sierra D. Waters
“Today I wore a pair of faded old jeans and a plain grey baggy shirt. I hadn't even taken a shower, and I did not put on an ounce of makeup. I grabbed a worn out black oversized jacket to cover myself with even though it is warm outside. I have made conscious decisions lately to look like less of what I felt a male would want to see. I want to disappear.”
Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

Judith Lewis Herman
“In situations of captivity the perpetrator becomes the most powerful person in the life of the victim, and the psychology of the victim is shaped by the actions and beliefs of the perpetrator.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Judith Lewis Herman
“Psychological trauma is an affliction of the powerless. At the moment of trauma, the victim is rendered helpless by overwhelming force. When the force is that of nature, we speak of disasters. When the force is that of other human beings, we speak of atrocities. Traumatic events overwhelm the ordinary systems of care that give people a sense of control, connection, and meaning.… Traumatic events are extraordinary, not because they occur rarely, but rather because they overwhelm the ordinary human adaptations to life.… They confront human beings with the extremities of helplessness and terror, and evoke the responses of catastrophe.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

Beverly Engel
“If you live your life to please everyone else, you will continue to feel frustrated and powerless. This is because what others want may not be good for you. You are not being mean when you say NO to unreasonable demands or when you express your ideas, feelings, and opinions, even if they differ from those of others.”
Beverly Engel, The Nice Girl Syndrome: Stop Being Manipulated and Abused -- And Start Standing Up for Yourself

Jonathan Safran Foer
“However much we obfuscate or ignore it, we know that the factory farm is inhumane in the deepest sense of the word. And we know that there is something that matters in a deep way about the lives we create for the living beings most within our power. Our response to the factory farm is ultimately a test of how we respond to the powerless, to the most distant, to the voiceless--it is a test of how we act when no one is forcing us to act one way or another.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

Vera Nazarian
“It does not take a great supernatural heroine or magical hero to save the world.

We all save it every day, and we all destroy it -- in our own small ways -- by every choice we make and every tiniest action resulting from that choice.

The next time you feel useless and impotent, remember what you are in fact doing in this very moment. And then observe your tiny, seemingly meaningless acts and choices coalesce and cascade together into a powerful positive whole.

The world -- if it could -- will thank you for it.

And if it does not... well, a true heroine or hero does not require it.”
Vera Nazarian

L.R. Knost
“Respecting a child teaches them that even the smallest, most powerless, most vulnerable person is worthy of respect. And that is a lesson our world desperately needs to learn.”
L.R. Knost

“She is the embodiment of a bad decision. The twin of danger and desire. The fine line between deadly and divine. And I can feel myself drowning.”
Lauren Roberts, Powerless

Kamand Kojouri
“You only feel powerless because your fear has given your power to the object of your fear. Once you realise this, you can claim it back.”
Kamand Kojouri

Christopher Fowler
“Statistics show that the nature of English crime is reverting to its oldest habits. In a country where so many desire status and wealth, petty annoyances can spark disproportionately violent behaviour. We become frustrated because we feel powerless, invisible, unheard. We crave celebrity, but that’s not easy to come by, so we settle for notoriety. Envy and bitterness drive a new breed of lawbreakers, replacing the old motives of poverty and the need for escape. But how do you solve crimes which no longer have traditional motives?”
Christopher Fowler, Ten Second Staircase

Mike  Norton
“Risk is the factor of a stratagem measured by what man is powerless to control.”
Mike Norton, White Mountain

Bryant McGill
“Humility is not weak, powerless, faint, a pushover, a punching bag or an abuse magnet, because above all — humility cares.”
Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

Stephanie Garber
“The two of them would never be equal- he would always have more power than she did. But that didn't mean she was powerless.”
Stephanie Garber, Once Upon a Broken Heart

Holly Black
“I didn't understand the horror of being so powerful and so utterly powerless all at the same time.”
Holly Black, The Queen of Nothing

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“To feel helpless is to acknowledge our limitations, but it does not have to be an acceptance of them.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Richelle E. Goodrich
“It is not inability itself, but the feeling of powerlessness that breeds fear. That fear then breeds hatred. And hatred, the spawn of fear and powerlessness, leads us to ruin.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, The Tarishe Curse

Holly Black
“Do you have questions like that for your father?'

'Why am I the way I am?' His tone makes it clear he's proposing something I might suggest he ask, not really wondering about it. 'There are no real answers, Jude. Why was I cruel to Folk? Why was I awful to you? Because I could be. Because I liked it. Because, for a moment, when I was at my worst, I felt powerful, and most of the time, I felt powerless, despite being a prince and the son of the High King of Faerie.'

'That's an answer,' I say.”
Holly Black, The Wicked King

Julia Bartz
“Where did one's power lie in a world that stripped it from you, over and over again? How could we reclaim it when dominant forces dangled it over our heads, shouting, "only the strong survive?”
Julia Bartz, The Writing Retreat

Douglas Vigliotti
“Every organ in my body knows this is a bad idea, except my penis. The problem is: the penis is like the foreman. He bosses everyone around and the only way you get out of doing what he says is to quit the job. It’s a love-hate relationship. The foreman gets the job done, but you’re powerless.”
Douglas Vigliotti, Tom Collins: A 'Slightly Crooked' Novel

“Powerful people become powerless when you stop responding to their actions.”
Anuj Jasani

“We don’t even know that we are trapped in them. It was exactly those subconscious programmes of learned helplessness and powerlessness that we acquired as children which were causing us to hand over our power to abusers and to stay traumatised. It isn’t until we start shifting out of these ways of being that we can unravel the old self and begin to be released into our true self.”
Melanie Tonia Evans, You Can Thrive After Narcissistic Abuse

T.A. White
“There was nothing quite like knowing there was little you could do while the people you loved suffered. It made you feel powerless and small. It was humbling in the worst sort of way.”
T.A. White, Secrets Bound By Sand

Charity Mae
“I am convenient. They haven't picked me for queen for any other reason than my bloodline, sex, and how easy it is to set me up for power. I never realized how much the power they'd make me take would make me feel. I have the ability but not the power to use it. I hate what my life has become and evermore what I'm becoming.”
Charity Mae, The Enthronement

Fred Uhlman
“It seemed to me that there were just two possibilities. Either no God existed, or there did exist a deity who was monstrous if powerful and futile if powerless.”
Fred Uhlman, Reunion

Laurence Galian
“Absolutely nothing can happen without Her Mercy, without Her Grace. The most advanced spiritual techniques in the world are powerless to transform us, unless first She wills it.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun at Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries of the Ahlul Bayt Sufis

Sarah J. Maas
“Every hated enemy, every moment she'd been powerless against them simmered to the surface. And with each movement of the sword, each breath, a thought formed. It echoed with each inhale, every thrust and block.

Never again.

Never again would she be weak.

Never again would she be at someone's mercy.

Never again would she fail.

Never again, never again, never again.”
Sarah J. Maas, A ​Court of Silver Flames

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