Powerless Quotes

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Sierra D. Waters
“No amount of me trying to explain myself was doing any good. I didn't even know what was going on inside of me, so how could I have explained it to them?”
Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Franz Kafka
“When dealing with myself I am powerless.”
Franz Kafka, Letters to Felice‎

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

Zen Cho
“What a mother hen I am become!” he said soberly. “If I were my old self I should not start at every shadow, and be alarmed when you stumble, but one’s anxiety rises in proportion to one’s incapacity to do anything about it.”
Zen Cho, Sorcerer to the Crown

Amitav Ghosh
“People think that knowing the future can help you prepare for what is to come - but often it only makes you powerless.”
Amitav Ghosh, Gun Island

Iris Murdoch
“A love without reservation ought to be a life force compelling the world into order and beauty. But that love can be so strong and yet so entirely powerless is what breaks the heart. Love did not move toward life, it moved toward death, toward the roaring sea-caves of annihilation. Or it led to the futility of a little broken bird's egg whose remains were now being washed away by water from the tap. Even so one day God might crack the universe and wash away its fruitless powerless loves with a deluge of indifferent power.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

Ruth R. Wisse
“Both mystic and comedian aspire to get the better of a world they are powerless to reform.”
Ruth R. Wisse, No Joke: Making Jewish Humor

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“I'd like you to know there is a limit to the disgrace in the consciousness of one's own worthlessness and powerlessness beyond which a man cannot go, and after which he begins to feel a tremendous satisfaction in his own disgrace.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Idiot

Howard Thurman
“Despite all the positive psychological attributes of hatred we have outlined, hatred destroys finally the core of the life of the hater. While it lasts, burning in white heat, its effect seems positive and dynamic. But at last it turns to ash, for it guarantees a final isolation from one’s fellows. It blinds the individual to all values of worth, even as they apply to himself and to his fellows. Hatred bears deadly and bitter fruit. It is blind and nondiscriminating.”
Howard Thurman, Jesus and the Disinherited

Awdhesh Singh
“We talk against corruption when we are powerless since we are the losers in the deal but we quickly change colour when we have power.”
Awdhesh Singh, Myths are Real, Reality is a Myth

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“Let us not fall prey to the leaching negativity and rank pessimism that runs unleashed all around us. Rather, with the utmost determination we must bring ourselves to understand that these lies have been given legitimacy by people who thought themselves as powerless in the face of them, rather than recognizing that we have the power to rip the face off of them.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

Cliff  James
“Actions can be evil: the inversion of truth, power inflicted on the powerless, violence on the full spectrum of psychological to physical, subtle to unsubtle: all these acts, in the right context, can be defined as evil.”
Cliff James, Life As A Kite

Iris Murdoch
“There was absolutely nothing that she could do with this huge emotion which she had so suddenly discovered in herself.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Lack of prayer maketh a powerless people.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Anthon St. Maarten
“When you choose to be authentic, you dare to be powerful.⁠”
Anthon St. Maarten

Lailah Gifty Akita
“Without prayer, we are powerless to project the image of the powerful God.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

“We may be powerless to fight injustice, but this doesn’t mean we have to stay silent about oppression. One act of courage can change the course of history.”
Nadine Sadaka Boulos

Adam Silvera
“It's one thing to be powerless and another to be useless.”
Adam Silvera, Infinity Son

Craig D. Lounsbrough
“How big we are ‘not’ is evidenced when we stand face-to-face with everything else, including ourselves.”
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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