146+ Best Power Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Power is authority, jurisdiction, control, command, sway, dominion mean the right to govern or rule or determine. Inspirational power quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Power Quotes

Knowledge will give you power, but character respect. Bruce Lee

A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Henry Miller

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. Mahatma Gandhi

If you want to find out what a man is to the bottom, give him power. Any man can stand adversity only a great man can stand prosperity. It is the glory of Abraham Lincoln that he never abused power only on the side of mercy. Robert Ingersoll

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

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

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare! Fyodor Dostoevsky

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

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. Alice Walker

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

Knowledge is power. Francis Bacon

One of the saddest lessons of history is this If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. Carl Sagan

The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. Eric Hoffer

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

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

I do not wish them women to have power over men; but over themselves. Mary Wollstonecraft

Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. Mark Twain

Keep your best wishes, close to your heart and watch what happens. Tony DeLiso

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

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

He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command. Niccolo Machiavelli

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

Self reverence, self knowledge, self control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power. Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

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

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

A crown is merely a hat that lets the rain in. Frederick the Great If you realized how powerful your thoughts are, you would never think a negative thought. Peace Pilgrim

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

Man’s greatness lies in his power of thought. Blaise Pasca

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

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

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

The greatest power is not money power, but political power. Walter Annenberg

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

Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly unconnected. William Plomer

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

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

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

Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society. Michel Foucault

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

Because power corrupts, society’s demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases. John Adams

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

You only have power over people so long as you don’t take everything away from them. But when you’ve robbed a man of everything, he’s no longer in your power  he’s free again. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

What a curious power words have. Tadeusz Borowski

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

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change  it can not only move us, it makes us move. Ossie Davis

Power is the great aphrodisiac. Henry Kissinger

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

Character is power. Booker T. Washington

I’ve come to the conclusion that people who wear headphones while they walk, are much happier, more confident, and more beautiful individuals than someone making the solitary drudge to work without acknowledging their own interests and power. Jason Mraz

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. Thomas Jefferson

Man is not, by nature, deserving of all that he wants. When we think that we are automatically entitled to something, that is when we start walking all over others to get it. Criss Jami

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. Susan Sarandon

We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often in our art, the art of words. Ursula K. Le Guin

Force always attracts men of low morality. Albert Einstein

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

Most people can bear adversity; but if you wish to know what a man really is give him power. Robert Green

When it comes to controlling human beings there is no better instrument than lies. Because, you see, humans live by beliefs. And beliefs can be manipulated. The power to manipulate beliefs is the only thing that counts. Michael Ende

Ingersoll Power ought to serve as a check to power. Montesquieu

When one with honeyed words but evil mind Persuades the mob, great woes befall the state. Euripides

Truth is powerful and it prevails. Sojourner Truth

Where there is power, there is resistance. Michel Foucault

The power to question is the basis of all human progress. Indira Gandhi

Persistence. Perfection. Patience. Power. Prioritize your passion. It keeps you sane. Criss Jami

It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself. Epicurus

She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either a purely human one. Cassandra Clare

The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret. Salvador Dali

There is nothing in the record of the past two years when both Houses of Congress have been controlled by the Republican Party which can lead any person to believe that those promises will be fulfilled in the future. They follow the Hitler line no matter how big the lie; repeat it often enough and the masses will regard it as truth. John F. Kennedy

There is no meaning to life except the meaning man gives his life by the unfolding of his powers. Erich Fromm

Knowledge is power is time is money. Robert Thier

Every man builds his world in his own image. He has the power to choose, but no power to escape the necessity of choice. Ayn Rand

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

All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come. Victor Hugo

Almost any sect, cult, or religion will legislate its creed into law if it acquires the political power to do so. Robert A. Heinlein

Never go backward. Attempt, and do it with all your might. Determination is power. Charles Simmons

There are times when the world is rearranging itself, and at times like that, the right words can change the world. Orson Scott Card

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see. Arthur Schopenhauer

Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it one must have the courage to dare. Fyodor Dostoevsky

Whoever is new to power is always harsh. Aeschylus

Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains. Libba Bray

A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else. Pierre Corneille

You gain power by pretending to be weak. Chuck Palahniuk

Prestige is the shadow of money and power. C. Wright Mills

I believe in the immeasurable power of love; that true love can endure any circumstance and reach across any distance. Steve Maraboli

The way to have power is to take it. Boss Tweed

There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals. Idowu Koyenikan

Never forget that the most powerful force on earth is love. Nelson Rockefeller

Happiness is part of who we are. Joy is the feeling. Tony DeLiso

Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs. Andrew Carnegie

I was the lion who forced you to join with Aravis. I was the cat who comforted you among the houses of the dead. I was the lion who drove the jackals from you while you slept. I was the lion who gave the horses the new strength of fear for the last mill so that you should reach King Lune in time. And I was the lion you do not remember who pushed the boat in which you lay, a child near death, so that it came to shore where a man sat, wakeful at midnight, to receive you. C.S. Lewis

No man has received from nature the right to command his fellow human beings. Denis Diderot

As you enter positions of trust and power, dream a little before you think. Toni Morrison

Ambition is the immoderate desire for power. Baruch Spinoza

Desire is an odd thing. As soon as it’s sated, it transmutes. If we receive golden thread, we desire the golden needle. Holly Black

I cured with the power that came through me. Black Elk

Spirituality is recognizing and celebrating that we are all inextricably connected to each other by a power greater than all of us, and that our connection to that power and to one another is grounded in love and compassion. Practicing spirituality brings a sense of perspective, meaning and purpose to our lives. Brené Brown

Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic. Alexis Carrel

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. Charles de Gaulle

An alliance with a powerful person is never safe. Phaedrus

The strategic adversary is fascism the fascism in us all, in our heads and in our everyday behavior, the fascism that causes us to love power, to desire the very thing that dominates and exploits us. Michel Foucault

Sooner or later, man has always had to decide whether he worships his own power or the power of God. Arnold J. Toynbee

It has always been the prerogative of children and half wits to point out that the emperor has no clothes. But a half wit remains a half wit, and the emperor remains an emperor. Neil Gaiman

Politics is not about power. Paul Wellstone

It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it. Aung San Suu Kyi

My relationship to power and authority is that I’m all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave. Arnold Schwarzenegger

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds Claim and consciously use your power. Louise L. Hay

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away. Aneurin Bevan

Because there was a hunger in me to see everything and do everything. I wanted to be everyone I saw. I wasn’t enough for me. Can you understand that? Sidney Sheldon

Every crisis offers you extra desired power. William Moulton Marston

Sisters in battle, I am shield and blade to you. As I breathe, your enemies will know no sanctuary. While I live, your cause is mine. Leigh Bardugo

The world itself is the will to power and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power and nothing else! Friedrich Nietzsche

You must read, you must persevere, you must sit up nights, you must inquire, and exert the utmost power of your mind. If one way does not lead to the desired meaning, take another; if obstacles arise, then still another; until, if your strength holds out, you will find that clear which at first looked dark. Giovanni Boccaccio

Will power is only the tensile strength of one’s own disposition. One cannot increase it by a single ounce. Cesare Pavese

He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man. idowu koyenikan,

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson

They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds. Dinos Christianopoulos

What is genius but the power of expressing a new individuality? Elizabeth Barrett

Consider the black widow spider. It’s a timid little beastie, useful and, for my taste, the prettiest of the arachnids, with its shiny, patent leather finish and its red hourglass trademark. But the poor thing has the fatal misfortune of possessing enormously too much power for its size. So everybody kills it on sight. Robert A. Heinlein

Browning I was now resolved to do everything in my power to defeat the system. Oskar Schindler

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

Our sense of power is more vivid when we break a man’s spirit than when we win his heart. Eric Hoffer

Borges said there are only four stories to tell a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power and the voyage. All of us writers rewrite these same stories ad infinitum. Paolo Coelho

The most important thing about power is to make sure you don’t have to use it. Edwin Land

The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them. Steve Maraboli

Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens. Epictetus

Wisdom consists of knowing how to distinguish the nature of trouble, and in choosing the lesser evil. Niccolò Machiavelli

I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I only want power so I can get books. Eliezer Yudkowsky

Authority must be respected and chosen wisely. Lech Walesa

We are at our most powerful the moment we no longer need to be powerful. Eric Micha’el Leventhal

Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just. Blaise Pascal

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God? George Deacon

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. Voltaire

Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Oprah Winfrey

That’s what we all want, isn’t it? Power without price. Kelley Armstrong

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

Those candle flames were like the lives of men. So fragile. So deadly. Left alone, they lit and warmed. Let run rampant, they would destroy the very things they were meant to illuminate. Embryonic bonfires, each bearing a seed of destruction so potent it could tumble cities and dash kings to their knees. Brandon Sanderson

Success isn’t measured by money or power or social rank. Success is measured by your discipline and inner peace. Mike Ditka

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

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

If I could put my brain in her body, the world would be mine for the taking. Susan Elizabeth Phillips

The power of youth is the common wealth for the entire world. The faces of young people are the faces of our past, our present and our future. No segment in the society can match with the power, idealism, enthusiasm and courage of the young people. Kailash Satyarthi

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