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Famous Quotes & Quotations About Power:

A dream has power to poison sleep.
~ Percy Bysshe Shelley.

A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journals.

Although the legal and ethical definitions of right are the antithesis of each other, most writers use them as synonyms. They confuse power with goodness, and mistake law for justice.
~ Charles T. Sprading, Freedom and its Fundamentals.

American movies and music deliver themes of freedom, innocence, and power that appeal to others - partly because America itself was put together out of a multiplicity of national traditions.
~ Todd Gitlin.

Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power.
~ P.J. O'Rourke.

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.
~ Charles Reade.

"Charm" - which means the power to effect work without employing brute force - is indispensable to women. Charm is a woman's strength just as strength is a man's charm.
~ Havelock Ellis.

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
~ H.F. Hedge.

Every day we slaughter our finest impulses. That is why we get a heart-ache when we read those lines written by the hand of a master and recognize them as our own, as the tender shoots which we stifled because we lacked the faith to believe in our own powers, our own criterion of truth and beauty. Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths. We all derive from the same source. There is no mystery about the origin of things. We are all part of creation, all kings, all poets, all musicians; we have only to open up, to discover what is already there.
~ Henry Miller, Sexus.

Expectations of decreased pain powerfully reduced both the subjective experience of pain and activation of pain-related brain regions. We need to find ways to optimize these treatments. Pain needs to be treated with more than just pills. The brain can powerfully shape pain, and we need to exploit its power.
~ Robert Coghill.

Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle.
~ E.M. Forster.

Fashion is more powerful than any tyrant.
~ Latin Proverb.

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
~ P.J. O'Rourke.

How did Bush go from being an alcoholic bum to the most powerful figure in the world?
~ Oliver Stone.

I am - somebody. I may be poor, but I am - somebody! I may be on welfare, but I am - somebody! I may be uneducated, but I am - somebody! I must be, I’m God’s child. I must be respected and protected. I am black and I am beautiful! I am - somebody! Soul power!
~ Jesse Jackson.

I ask you to join in a re-United States. We need to empower our people so they can take more responsibility for their own lives in a world that is ever smaller, where everyone counts. We need a new spirit of community, a sense that we are all in this together, or the American Dream will continue to wither. Our destiny is bound up with the destiny of every other American.
~ Bill Clinton.

I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.
~ James Madison, speech, Virginia Convention, 1788.

I do not wish them to have power over men, but over themselves.
~ Mary Wollstonecraft.

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to act in cases of oral-genital intimacy, unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
~ J. Edgar Hoover (attributed).

I see in the future a crisis approaching that fills me with anxiety. As a result of the war, corporations have become enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow. The money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its rule by preying upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is concentrated in a few hands and the Republic destroyed.
~ Abraham Lincoln.

If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
~ John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859.

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into committees. That'll do them in.
~ Author Unknown.

If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.
~ Eleonora Duse.

If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible; who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time; who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
~ Barack Obama.

If we were all given by magic the power to read each other's thoughts, I suppose the first effect would be to dissolve all friendships.
~ Bertrand Russell.

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