Meaningful Quotes about Power
Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts
Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government
those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations,
perverted it into tyranny.
It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive.
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our
country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its
wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
John F. Kennedy
What I worry about would be that you essentially have two chambers, the
House and the Senate, but you have simply, majoritarian, absolute power
on either side. And that's just not what the founders intended.
Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the
other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more
effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the
strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted
with unlimited power.—Colton.
The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall.—Bacon.
Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of
The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.—J. Petit-Senn.
The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel
them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the
It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger
test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting, as
they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.—Plutarch.