103+ Best Power Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. ― Lao Tzu

You and I are, by birth, by nature, and by choice, inwardly depraved, which is to say that we are entirely corrupt. That’s not to say that we have no good in us; we do. However, anything good in us has been tainted with evil. It touches everything. Without the redeeming power of Christ, we cannot halt our own moral slide. ― Charles R. Swindoll

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. ― Henry Miller, The Books in My Life

Our power is in our ability to decide. ― Buckminster Fuller

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. ― Abraham Lincoln

Every human has four endowments self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. ― Stephen Covey

The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. ― Roseanne Barr

Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power. ― William Gaddis

I wonder if fears ever really go away, or if they just lose their power over us. ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Be Impeccable with Your Word. Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. ― Don Miguel Ruiz

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers. ― James F. Byrnes

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts. Perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ― John Steinbeck

There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love. ― Washington Irving

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. ― Paulo Freire

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family. ― Kofi Annan

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ― Mahatma Gandhi

Character is power. ― Booker T. Washington

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. ― Charles de Gaulle

Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power. ― Clint Eastwood

How absurd it was that in all seven kingdoms, the weakest and most vulnerable of people girls, women went unarmed and were taught nothing of fighting, while the strong were trained to the highest reaches of their skill. ― Kristin Cashore, Graceling

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. ― Mohandas Gandhi

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. ― David Brin

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

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

Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you. ― Joel Osteen

Knowledge is power. Power to do evil…or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So, knowledge itself is not evil. ― Veronica Roth, Allegiant

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. ― J. Petit Senn.

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

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. ― Unknown

Power resides only where men believe it resides. […] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow. ― George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall. ― Bacon

The object of power is power. ― George Orwell, 1984

No matter what has happened to you in the past or what is going on in your life right now, it has no power to keep you from having an amazingly good future if you will walk by faith in God. God loves you! He wants you to live with victory over sin so you can possess His promises for your life today! ― Joyce Meyer

Be not the slave of your own past plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. ― Edmund Burke

Power lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind. ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

I met an old lady once, almost a hundred years old, and she told me, ‘There are only two questions that human beings have ever fought over, all through history. How much do you love me? And Who’s in charge? ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. ― David Brin

In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. ― Leo Tolstoy

Power is not alluring to pure minds. ― Thomas Jefferson

I do not wish them [women] to have power over men; but over themselves. ― Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

All the power that we exercise over others depends on the power we exercise over ourselves. ― Cotvos

The steps of power are often steps on sand. ― Edward Counsel, Maxims

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

If someone puts their hands on you make sure they never put their hands on anybody else again. ― Malcom X

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. ― John Adams

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. ― Henry Kissinger

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

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

Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own. ― Joss Whedon

If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again. ― Arabic Proverbs

One of the things about powerful people is they have the ability to make it look easy. ― Ice

Power is the byproduct of understanding. ― Jacob Bronowski

When Gansey was polite, it made him powerful. When Adam was polite, he was giving power away. ― Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Boys

Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there. ― Harold MacMillan

Calmness is the cradle of power. ― J.G. Holland

The greatest power is often simple patience. ― E. Joseph Cossman

Names have power. ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

Power is neither good nor evil, but its user makes it so. ― Author Erin Hunter

Power doesn’t always roar…The art of exerting power is an art used in doses the more hidden it is the more effective. ― Ziad K. Abdelnour

The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it. ― Kit Harington

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

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. ― Honore de Balzac

You should never ask anyone for anything. Never and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself. ― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth. ― Samuel Johnson

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. ― Noam Chomsky, Imperial Ambitions: Conversations on the Post ― 9/11 World

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

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. ― George Orwell

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

You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them. ― Amy Tan

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

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. ― Margaret Thatcher

We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it. ― Max Lerner

Power ought to serve as a check to power. ― John Milton

Do the thing and you will have the power. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

The power to do good is also the power to do harm. ― Milton Friedman

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother’s milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes. ― George Bernard Shaw

Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely. ― Adlai Stevenson I

Don’t trust children with edge tools. Don’t trust man, great God, with more power than he has until he has learned to use that little better. What a hell we should make of the world if we could do what we would! ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches. ― Percy Bysshe Shelley

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t. ― Oskar Shindler

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent. ― Jonathan Swift

If you can abuse your power, you have too much. ― Marty Rubin

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. ― Mahatma Gandhi

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. ― Emily Dickinson

The greatness of the man’s power is the measure of his surrender. ― William Booth

People with power always take advantage of those without power. ― Christopher Pike

The measure of a man is what he does with power. ― Plato

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it. ― Frank Herbert

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. ― Tao Te Ching

With great power there must also come great responsibility! ― Stan Lee

And power without compassion is the worst kind of evil there is. ― E.J. Patten

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. ― Margaret Thatcher

Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests. ― Horacio Castellanos Moya

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. ― Edmund Burke

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t. ― Oskar Shindler

It’s all mirror, mirror on the wall because beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a gun is power. ― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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

What a curious power words have. ― Tadeusz Borowski, This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen

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 Quincy Adams

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do. ― Aristotle

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