Popular Quotes and Sayings about Power

Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry. ~Mark Twain

Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer. ~Mark Twain

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure? ~Harry Shearer

The strongest is never strong enough to be always the master, unless he transforms strength into right, and obedience into duty. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau

Do what thy manhood bids thee do, from none but self expect applause; He noblest lives and noblest dies who makes and keeps his self-made laws. ~Sir Richard Francis Burton

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. ~Baltasar Gracian

The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste. ~Joseph Farrell

Whenever you commend, add your reasons for doing so; it is this which distinguishes the approbation of a man of sense from the flattery of sycophants and admiration of fools. ~Sir Richard Steele

When you are not practicing, remember, someone somewhere is practicing, and when you meet him he will win. ~Ed Macauley

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected. ~Theodore Parker

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. ~Henrik Ibsen

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. ~Elie Wiesel

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom. ~Stephen Vincent Benet

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness. ~Stewart L. Udall

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. ~Socrates

You do ill if you praise, but worse if you censure, what you do not understand. ~Leonardo da Vinci

Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out. ~James Bryant Conant

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power. ~Malcolm X

Of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave. ~John Ruskin

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. ~Charles Caleb Colton

Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper. ~Dr. Thomas Fuller

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it. ~James A. Garfield

Be thou the first true merit to befriend, his praise is lost who stays till all commend. ~Alexander Pope

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

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat. ~John Lehman

Any American who is prepared to run for president should automatically, by definition, be disqualified from ever doing so. ~Gore Vidal

When someone does something good, applaud! You will make two people happy. ~Samuel Goldwyn

The best effect of fine persons is felt after we have left their presence. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson