Power and Weakness

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

Denis Diderot
Denis Diderot "Encyclopedia"

Rating: 3.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power's disappearance."

Hannah Arendt
Hannah Arendt "On Violence"

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad man."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Whoever is new to power is always harsh."

Aeschylus "Prometheus Bound"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Nineteen Eighty-Four"

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations."

Walter Bagehot
Walter Bagehot "The English Constitution"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power."

Rating: 6.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Liberal - a power worshipper without power."

George Orwell
George Orwell "Shooting an Elephant"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

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

P.J. O`Rourke
P.J. O`Rourke "Parliament of Whores"

Rating: 1.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic."

Henry Brooks Adams
Henry Brooks Adams "The Education of Henry Adams"

Rating: 6.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength; loving someone deeply gives you courage."

Rating: 5.40 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Fear is conquerable. Doubt is defeatable. Self worth is buildable."

Rating: 9.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"In critical moments even the very powerful have need of the weakest."

Rating: 3.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Excellence is not a destination; it is a continuous journey that never ends."

Rating: 1.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Slavery is a state of mind that fails to acknowledge the slave's own power."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"You are never strong enough that you don't need help."

Rating: 5.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"It was not power that corrupted people, but fools who corrupted power."

Rating: 3.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Cancer is so limited, It cannot corrode faith, It cannot shatter hope, It cannot kill friendships, It cannot cripple love, It cannot destroy peace, It cannot silence courage, It cannot suppress memories, It cannot conquer the spirit."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"A woman's greatest power is her vulnerability."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"Knowledge is power, knowledge shared is power lost."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"The weakness of your opposition is your strength."

Rating: 7.00 (Number of Voters: 4)

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

Rating: 6.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."

Rating: 8.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true."

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do."

Rating: 6.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"The weak have one weapon: the errors of those who think they are strong."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Freedom is participation in power."

Rating: 4.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"The same wind snuffs candles yet kindles flames; so, where absence kills a little love, it fans a great one."

Rating: 4.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

Rating: 5.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have."

James Baldwin
James Baldwin "The Price of the Ticket"

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

Rating: 5.60 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends."

Mario Puzo
Mario Puzo "The Godfather: Part III"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 4)

"So long as men worship the Caesars and Napoleons, Caesars and Napoleons will duly arise and make them miserable."

Aldous Huxley
Aldous Huxley "Ends and Means"

Rating: 5.80 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Power is the great aphrodisiac."

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances. Strong men believe in cause and effect."

Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ralph Waldo Emerson "Conduct of Life"

Rating: 6.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"If you lose the power to laugh, you lose the power to think."

Rating: 4.25 (Number of Voters: 4)

"One person with a belief is equal to a force of ninety-nine who have only interests."

Rating: 4.50 (Number of Voters: 2)

"Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character."

Rating: 3.75 (Number of Voters: 4)

"A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments."

Rating: 3.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will."

Rating: 5.67 (Number of Voters: 3)

"You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both."

Rating: 4.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm."

Rating: 9.00 (Number of Voters: 1)

"God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best."

Voltaire "Voltaire's Notebooks"

Rating: 5.00 (Number of Voters: 5)

"Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other."

Rating: 7.33 (Number of Voters: 3)

"People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage others."

Rating: 5.75 (Number of Voters: 4)