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Published Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 7:17 PM EDT
Mar 20 2015

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
-John Dalberg-Acton

Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.
-Adlai E. Stevenson II

Power corrupts- isn't that what it's for?
-Unattributed

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kinda neat, though.
-John Lehman

Power corrupts; PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
-Vinton Cerf

Power always has to be kept in check; power exercised in secret, especially under the cloak of national security, is doubly dangerous.
-William Proxmire

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.
-John Adams

Power broken into a thousand pieces can be hidden and disowned. If no individual or institution possesses the authority to act without of everybody else in the room, then nobody is at fault if anything goes wrong.
-Lewis H. Lapham

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself.
-Gloria Steinem

Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
-Frederick Douglass

Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.
-Woodrow Wilson

Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action.
-Will Durant

Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true.
-Honoré de Balzac

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.
-George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts, perhaps the fear of a loss of power.
-John Steinbeck

Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.
-William Gaddis

Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations.
-Edmund Burke

Power has to be insecure to be responsive.
-Ralph Nader

Power in America today is control of the means of communication.
-Theodore H. White

Power interrupts. Uninterruptible power interrupts absolutely.
-Craig Bruce

Power is a live thing, by which you reach out to grasp the future. Revenge is a dead thing, reaching out from the past to grasp you.
-Lois McMaster Bujold

Power is as power does.
-John Kenneth Galbraith

Power is founded upon opinion.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up.
-Fyodor Dostoevsky

Power is so pleasant that men quickly learn to be greedy in the enjoyment of it, and to flatter themselves that patriotism requires them to be imperious.
-Anthony Trollope

Power is something of which I am convinced there is no innocence this side of the womb.
-Nadine Gordimer

Power is sweet; it is a drug, the desire for which increases with a habit.
-Bertrand Russell

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.
-Henry Kissinger

Power is what calls the shots, and power is a white male game.
-Ann Richards

Power means not having to respond.
-Unattributed

Power not only corrupts he who wields the power but those who submit to it. Those who grovel at the feet of power betray their fellows to hide themselves behind the cloak of submission. It is an evil thing.
-Louis L'Amour

Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts.
-Henry Adams

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.
-Charles Caleb Colton


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