Quotes on Individual Power

The degree to which the opportunity to use power effectively is granted to or withheld from individuals is one operative difference between those companies which stagnate and those which innovate. Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Individual liberty is individual power, and as the power of a community is a mass compounded of individual powers, the nation which enjoys the most freedom must necessarily be in proportion to its numbers the most powerful nation. John Quincy Adams

Sahaja Yoga is the spontaneous union of the individual consciousness with the All-Pervading Divine Power... Nirmala Srivastava

Individual liberty is individual power. John Quincy Adams

Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Principle III:;: Presumptive rights are the conditions under which individual powers normally develop. William Ernest Hocking

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for, but one which should not only be founded on true free principles, but in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among general bodies of magistracy, as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others. Thomas Jefferson

The personal power that comes from principle-centered living is the power of a self-aware, knowledgeable, proactive individual, unrestricted by the attitudes, behaviors, and actions of others or by many of the circumstances and environmental influences that limit other people. Stephen Covey

The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man; some contribute treachery, others injustice, atheism, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power. Michel De Montaigne

No individual or private group or private organization has the legal power to initiate the use of physical force against other individuals or groups and to compel them to act against their own voluntary choice. Only a government holds that power. The nature of governmental action is: coercive action. The nature of political power is: the power to force obedience under threat of physical injury-the threat of property expropriation, imprisonment, or death. Ayn Rand

Throughout the 1980s, we did hear too much about individual gain and the ethos of selfishness and greed. We did not hear enough about how to be a good member of a community, to define the common good and to repair the social contract. And we also found that while prosperity does not trickle down from the most powerful to the rest of us, all too often indifference and even intolerance do. Hillary Clinton

The individual protests against the world, but he doesn't get beyond protest, he is just a single protester. When he wants to be more than that, he has to counter power with power, he has to oppose the system with another system. Friedrich Durrenmatt

The individual who signs the check has the ultimate power. Jerry Rubin

The viewer brings something individual to the experience of any artwork. Olafur Eliasson

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home. Eleanor Roosevelt

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. Thomas Jefferson

Nevertheless, it is necessary to remember that a planned economy is not yet socialism. A planned economy as such may be accompanied by the complete enslavement of the individual. The achievement of socialism requires the solution of some extremely difficult socio-political problems: how is it possible, in view of the far-reaching centralisation of political and economic power, to prevent bureaucracy from becoming all-powerful and overweening? How can the rights of the individual be protected and therewith a democratic counterweight to the power of bureaucracy be assured? Albert Einstein

It equally proves, that though individual oppression may now and then proceed from the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter; I mean so long as the judiciary remains truly distinct from both the legislature and the Executive. For I agree, that "there is no liberty, if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers." And it proves, in the last place, that as liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have every thing to fear from its union with either of the other departments... Alexander Hamilton

Avoid the things in your life that take away from your stillness. Find things that add to that stillness. Bring them more into your life. It doesn't matter what works or doesn't. It is all individual. Frederick Lenz

Every relationship is fundamentally a power struggle, and the individual in power is whoever likes the other person less. Chuck Klosterman

The object of power is power. George Orwell

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

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don't. Oskar Schindler

I won't go back and live in the sea again. Janet Morris

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

Wherever there is power there is age. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites. Friedrich Nietzsche

Power educates the potentate. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character. J. G. Holland

Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Les Brown

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

Democracy doesn't mean much if people have to confront concentrated systems of economic power as isolated individuals. Democracy means something if people can organize to gain information, to have thoughts for that matter, to make plans, to enter into the political system in some active way, to put forth programs and so on. If organizations of that kind exist, then democracy can exist too. Otherwise it's a matter of pushing a lever every couple of years; it's like having the choice between Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola. Noam Chomsky

We need myths that will identify the individual not with his local group but with the planet. Joseph Campbell

[C]ensorship in any form is the opening wedge for fascism, since it places arbitrary and unwarranted power in the hands of individuals. Jack Parsons

When a government controls both the economic power of individuals and the coercive power of the state ... this violates a fundamental rule of happy living: Never let the people with all the money and the people with all the guns be the same people. P. J. O'Rourke

The real basic power of an individual isn't what he or she knows; it's the ability to think and learn and face new challenges. Nathaniel Branden

Every individual has the power to change his or her material or financial status by first changing the nature of his or her beliefs. Napoleon Hill

Find out what my Individual Divine and Unique Power IS and offer it outwards in harmony with all life! Alan Rufus

Recognize that you are a spiritual being who is part of a large cosmic family of spiritual beings. You have the power, strength, and talent to fulfill your own individual earthly destiny. James Van Praagh

But the general welfare must restrict and regulate the exertions of the individuals, as the individuals must derive a supply of their strength from social power. Friedrich List

No society can function as a society, unless it gives the individual member social status and function, and unless the decisive social power is legitimate. Peter Drucker

Civility is the natural state for people who know how limited their own individual powers are and know, too, that they need the conversation. David Brooks

I was not allowed to be an individual. I was black and I was a woman - and I was a black woman. Shola Lynch

It is just a thing. Whether it is good or bad depends what you do with it. If you don't like what you are doing with it then it is simply a reflection of what you are as an individual, an organisation or a society and that is what you have to fix. Vinton Cerf

Every breath drawn by an individual who truly serves God will elicit a responsive chord from the universe around him. Samson Raphael Hirsch

There's no thought given to the individual because there aren't any individuals in socialism; everybody's the same. Rush Limbaugh

The intellectual is an individual with a specific public role in society that cannot be reduced simply to . . a faceless professional. Noam Chomsky

Every collection reflects the ideas andvalues and interests of the individual or group who developed the collection. Tom Peters

On a personal level, I don't have many individual achievements... Eddie Lacy

Nothing depends upon the death of an individual, be he ever so great, but much depends upon the freedom of India. Mahatma Gandhi

When one individual writer sings her song of beauty, she changes the lives of a million others. Richard Bach

Grab reality by the balls and squeeze. Janet Morris

Nothing powers hate better than embarrassment. Janet Morris

You get what you expect. Expect to heal. Expect victory. Janet Morris

I want to live like a man. Janet Morris

The property of power is to protect. Blaise Pascal

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power. James A Baldwin

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every country is renewed out of the unknown ranks and not out of the ranks of those already famous and powerful and in control. Woodrow Wilson

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 possession of power brings on madness. Ariana Franklin

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

Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. William Shakespeare

Liberty is the sovereignty of the individual. Josiah Warren

Our lives are bound by physical limits, familial ties, political conditions, and geographical restrictions. Individual freedom takes us beyond them all. Ai Weiwei

The demand for individual freedom leads us to different realms, and it enables us to participate in social events. Ai Weiwei

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world ... Such are the places where every man, woman and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Eleanor Roosevelt

... members of a powerful group are raised to believe (however illogically) that whatever affects it will also affect them. On theother hand, members of less powerful groups are raised to believe (however illogically) that each individual can escape the group's fate. Thus, cohesion is encouraged on the one hand, and disunity is fostered on the other. Gloria Steinem

[T]hough individual oppression may now and then proceed fro the courts of justice, the general liberty of the people can never be endangered from that quarter . . . Alexander Hamilton

The bearing of arms is the essential medium through which the individual asserts both his social power and his participation in politics as a responsible moral being... J. G. A. Pocock

Never, ever lose sight of the power of one individual American. They can have an unbelievable magnifying affect just by the very fact they make up their mind to do so! H. L. Richardson

Every individual man has a bias which he must obey, and...it is only as he feels and obeys this that he rightly develops and attains his legitimate power in the world. It is his magnetic needle, which points always in one direction to his proper path.... He is never happy nor strong until he finds it, keeps it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our survival depends on the healing power of love, intimacy and relationships. As individuals. As communities. As a country. As a culture. Perhaps even as a species. Dean Ornish

It is not simply the individual who benefits from and is protected by rights, but the society as a whole. Protected freedoms to dissent and criticize those in power help keep abuses of power in check. They combat tendencies of elites to become isolated from and ignorant of the people they deeply affect through their decisions. David Wong

Taking legislative authority away from the federal government doesn't necessarily mean freer individuals. It might just mean granting vastly more authority to the states-which already have far broader police powers than most of us would care to admit. Dahlia Lithwick

The will to power which always emanates from individuals or from small minorities in society is in fact a most important driving force in history. The extent of its influence has up to now been regarded far too little, although it has frequently been the determining factor in the shaping of the whole of economic and social life. Rudolf Rocker

We continue to recognize the greater ability of some to earn more than others. But we do assert that the ambition of the individual to obtain for him a proper security is an ambition to be preferred to the appetite for great wealth and great power. Franklin D Roosevelt

Men, if you are in a position of power or authority, please respectfully continue to mentor and work with talented individuals and those with promise, regardless if they are men or women. Carol Roth

Absolute power, as we have always known, corrupts absolutely; it corrupts because it does not do the trick for the individual. Reality always creeps in-the reality of our helplessness and our mortality; the reality that, despite our reach for the stars, a creaturely fate awaits us. Irvin D Yalom



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