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Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
      - Lord John Dalberg Acton, 1st Baron Acton

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

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.
      - Henry Brooks Adams

Calm and serene he drives the furious blast,
  And, pleas'd th' Almighty's orders for perform,
    Rides in the whirlwind and directs the storm.
      - Joseph Addison

Who holds a power but newly gained is ever stern of mood.
      - Aeschylus

Give me a lever long enough
  And a prop strong enough,
    I can single handed move the world.
      - Archimedes

Odin, thou whirlwind, what a threat is this
  Thou threatenest what transcends thy might, even thine,
    For of all powers the mightiest far art thou,
      Lord over men on earth, and Gods in Heaven;
        Yet even from thee thyself hath been withheld
          One thing--to undo what thou thyself hast ruled.
      - Matthew Arnold, Balder Dead--The Funeral

Nothing destroys authority so much as the unequal and untimely interchange of power, pressed too far and relaxed too much.
      - Francis Bacon

We love and live in power; it is the spirit's end. Mind must subdue; to conquer is its life.
      - Philip James Bailey

He hath no power who hath not power to use.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus (sc. A Visit)

A grass blade believes that men build palaces for it to grow in. Grass wedges its way between the closest blocks of marble and it brings them down. This power of feeble life which can creep in anywhere is greater than that of the mighty behind their cannons.
      - Honore de Balzac

Beauty is the greatest of human powers. Any power without counterbalance or control becomes autocratic and leads to abuse and to folly. Despotism in a government is insanity; in woman, fantasy.
      - Honore de Balzac

It is godlike to have power, but not to kill.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

Then, everlasting Love, restrain thy will;
  'Tis god-like to have power, but not to kill.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        The Chances (act II, sc. 2, song)

Every dictator uses religion as a prop to keep himself in power.
      - Benazir Bhutto,
        in a CBS television interview

Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
      - Bible, Romans (ch. XIII, v. 1)

Woman's power is over the affections. A beautiful dominion is hers; but she risks its forfeiture when she seeks to extend it.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks.
      - Phillips Brooks

Power is so characteristically calm that calmness in itself has the aspect of power, and forbearance implies strength. The orator who is known to have at his command all the weapons of invective is most formidable when most courteous.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity.
      - Edmund Burke

Nothing, indeed, but the possession of some power can with any certainty discover what at the bottom is the true character of any man.
      - Edmund Burke

Power, in whatever hands, is rarely guilty of too strict limitations on itself.
      - Edmund Burke

The balance of power.
      - Edmund Burke, in a 1741 speech

Dim with the mist of years, gray flits the shade of power.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 2)

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something; the strongest, by dispensing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything. The drop, by continually falling, bores its passage through the hardest rock. The hasty torrent rushes over it with hideous uproar, and leaves no trace behind.
      - Thomas Carlyle

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