power Quotes

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

But although the cliche says that power always corrupts, what is seldom said ... is that power always reveals. When a man is climbing, trying to persuade others to give him power, concealment is necessary. ... But as a man obtains more power, camouflage becomes less necessary.

- Robert A. Caro, The Passage of Power

Love is not the opposite of power. Love IS power. Love is the strongest power there is.

- Vironika Tugaleva, The Love Mindset: An Unconventional Guide to Healing and Happiness

There is power born of humility . . . Humility, in business and in life, is a powerful asset and does not denote lowliness, unimportance, or self-deprecation.

- Richie Norton, The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live without Regret

I'm struck by the difficulty I had in formulating it. When I think back now, I ask myself what else it was that I was talking about in Madness and Civilization or The Birth of the Clinic, but power? Yet I'm perfectly aware that I scarcely ever used the word and never had such a field of analyses at my disposal. I can say that this was an incapacity linked undoubtedly with the political situation in which we found ourselves. It is hard to see where, either on the Right or the Left, this problem of power could then have been posed. On the Right, it was posed only in terms of constitution, sovereignty, and so on, that is, in juridical terms; on the Marxist side, it was posed only in terms of the state apparatus. The way power was exercised - concretely, and in detail - with its specificity, its techniques and tactics, was something no one attempted to ascertain; they contented themselves with denouncing it in a polemical and global fashion as it existed among the "other," in the adversary camp. Where Soviet socialist power was in question, its opponents called it totalitarianism; power in Western capitalism was denounced by the Marxists as class domination; but the mechanics of power in themselves were never analyzed.

- Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977

Our power to think is infinite, consequently that means our creative power is unlimited!

- Stephen Richards, NAPS: Discover The Power Of Night Audio Programs

Give me the power to love

- give me the power to be kind. Give me the power to forgive

The power paradox is this: we rise in power and make a difference in the world due to what is best about human nature, but we fall from power due to what is worst. We gain a capacity to make a difference in the world by enhancing the lives of others, but the very experience of having power and privilege leads us to behave, in our worst moments, like impulsive, out-of-control sociopaths. How we handle the power paradox guides our personal and work lives and determines, ultimately, how happy we and the people we care about will be. It determines our empathy, generosity, civility, innovation, intellectual rigor, and the collaborative strength of our communities and social networks. Its ripple effects shape the patterns that make up our families, neighborhoods, and workplaces, as well as the broader patterns of social organization that define societies and our current political struggles.

- Dacher Keltner, The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence

Most powerful is he who has himself in his power.

- Seneca

There is power and there is power, my dear. My power can be vast, in the right places.

- Tamora Pierce, Trickster's Queen

You focus on telling stories,
we do everything else.