Quotes on Power Over Others

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others. Thomas Jefferson

Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

As our power over others increases, we become less free; for to retain it, we must make ourselves its servants. John Lancaster Spalding

If you worship power, you will feel weak and afraid, needing ever more power over others to keep the fear at bay David Foster Wallace

Small souls who seek power over others first destroy the faith those others might have in themselves. Frank Herbert

The possession of power over others is inherently destructive both to the possessor of the power and to those over whom it is exercised. George Davis Herron

There are no living beings who exert more power over others, pound for pound, than tiny babies and extremely thin moguls. Stanley Bing

There are many different kinds of power. True power comes from serving and helping others. Such behavior makes people respect you. They are willing to listen to your views and advice, and they support you. The energy of many people is thus channeled through one person. This kind of power is positive and authentic. Dalai Lama

What you see is from outside yourself, and may come, or not, but is beyond your control. But your fear is yours, and yours alone, like your voice, or your fingers, or your memory, and therefore yours to control. If you feel powerless over your fear, you have not yet admitted that it is yours, to do with as you will. Marion Zimmer Bradley

True Power is within, and it is available now. Eckhart Tolle

Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. Eckhart Tolle

We need to redefine strength in men, not as the power over other people, but as forces for justice. Jackson Katz

Trapnest means "The Trapped Den" Once we enter it, we can't get out by our own means I thought that that name could only come from a man who love having power over other. Ai Yazawa

A human being is only interesting if he's in contact with himself. I learned you have to trust yourself, be what you are, and do what you ought to do the way you should do it. You have got to discover you, what you do, and trust it. Barbra Streisand

It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self. Francis Bacon

By swallowing evil words unsaid, no one has ever harmed his stomach. Winston Churchill

Selfishness is weakness. But loving and caring for others is a position of power beyond anything we can possibly imagine. Joel Osteen

If you grow a garden you are going to shed some sweat, and you are going to spend some time bent over; you will experience some aches and pains. But it is in the willingness to accept this discomfort that we strike the most telling blow against the power plants and what they represent. Wendell Berry

If it's achievement that you place your value in, you're never going to achieve enough. If it's power, you always need to wield power over others. If it's money, you'll never be rich enough. But if you do something and are a part of what is happening, then you're always in it and it's always enough. Jason Segel

These people are often authoritarian and rigid in their views, exerting power over others in an effort to keep others from having power over them. Persecutors may act grandiose and self-righteous to mask their own insecurity. David Emerald Womeldorff

You give bureaucrats power over others, and when the others are poor and helpless, nothing matches government. More than any single exploitive tyrannical force, the possibility of what government can do is absolutely terrifying. Millicent Fenwick

Nature, philosophy and social issues are the three things that always occupy my mind. You do not have any power over others but can only change yourself. Pawan Kalyan

You better get as much work as you can now because, once you get over 40, it's over. Anna Silk

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

If human beings can be trained for cruelty and greed and a belief in power which comes through hate and fear and force, certainly we can train equally well for greatness and mercy and the power of love which comes because of the strength of the good qualities to be found in the soul of every human being. Eleanor Roosevelt

Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it. Mikhail Gorbachev

I have never been able to conceive how any rational being could propose happiness to himself from the exercise of power over others... An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.... Power is not alluring to pure minds and is not with them the primary principle of contest. Thomas Jefferson

Animal cruelty is one of the most unfortunate and barbaric demonstrations of human beings manipulating ill conceived notions of 'power' over other species. Ian Somerhalder

But remember: All this talk of tolerance and diversity is basically just a way for one group of white people to pursue power over other groups of white people. It's not about actually helping anyone. Glenn Reynolds

The ordinary man is living a very abnormal life, because his values are upside down. Money is more important than meditation; logic is more important than love; mind is more important than heart; power over others is more important than power over one's own being. Mundane things are more important than finding some treasures which death cannot destroy. Rajneesh

Worship power-you will feel weak and afraid, and you will need ever ore power over others to keep the fear at bay. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart-you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. David Foster Wallace

This is not just a simple story of "money can't buy happiness." Or maybe that's just what it is. And if it is, why shouldn't it be? Because if this is something we are already supposed to know, then why don't we know it? Why do we chase and scrabble and fight for things to flaunt, why? Why do we reach for power over other people, and through the thin superiority of our possessions, believe we have it? Why do we let money make people bigger, and allow those without it to be made smaller? How did we lose the truth in the frantic, tribal drumbeat of more, more, more? Deb Caletti

Chief among the forces affecting political folly is lust for power, named by Tacitus as "the most flagrant of all the passions." Because it can only be satisfied by power over others, government is its favorite field of exercise. Business offers a kind of power, but only to the very successful at the top, and without the dominion and titles and red carpets and motorcycle escorts of public office. Barbara Tuchman

Try this thought experiment. Pretend you're a tyrant. Among your many liberty-destroying objectives are extermination of blacks, Jews and Catholics. Which would you prefer, a United States with political power centralized in Washington, powerful government agencies with detailed information on Americans and compliant states or power widely dispersed over 50 states, thousands of local jurisdictions and a limited federal government? Walter E. Williams

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

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

He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them. Mencius

We have to do what we can to help wherever and whenever it is possible for us to help. Jackie Chan

We rise by lifting others. Robert Green Ingersoll

Yes, there are plenty of heroes and heroines everywhere you look. They are not famous people. They are generally obscure and modest people doing useful work, keeping their families together and taking an active part in the health of their communities, opposing what is evil (in one way or another) and defending what is good. Heroes do not want power over others. Edward Abbey

Power is a poison well known for thousands of years. If only no one were ever to acquire material power over others! But to the human being who has faith in some force that holds dominion over all of us, and who is therefore conscious of his own limitations, power is not necessarily fatal. For those, however, who are unaware of any higher sphere, it is a deadly poison. For them there is no antidote. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

He who stands on tiptoe doesn't stand firm. He who rushes ahead doesn't go far. He who tries to shine dims his own light. He who defines himself can't know who he really is. He who has power over others can't empower himself. He who clings to his work will create nothing that endures. Laozi

I have met some highly intelligent believers, but history has no record to say that [s]he knew or understood the mind of god. Yet this is precisely the qualification which the godly must claim-so modestly and so humbly-to possess. It is time to withdraw our 'respect' from such fantastic claims, all of them aimed at the exertion of power over other humans in the real and material world. Christopher Hitchens

A person is not a democrat thanks to his ignorance of literature and the arts, nor an elitist because he or she has cultivated them. The possession of knowledge makes for unjust power over others only if used for that very purpose: a physician or lawyer or clergyman can exploit or humiliate others, or he can be a humanitarian and a benefactor. In any case, it is absurd to conjure up behind anybody who exploits his educated status the existence of an "elite" scheming to oppress the rest of us. Jacques Barzun

I've never been a representational artist at all. Most artists have been representational. That's when you discover yourself. Carl Andre

For a while you get mad, then you get over it. Robin Williams

There are few problems in the world that economic prosperitycannot help solve. Yet the engines of that prosperity are under fierceattack. The forces that seek power over others have gained the upperhand against those that seek freedom. By harming wealth creation,they cause even more strain on society. Historically, this is nothingnew. State domination over its subjects has roots that connect statism,totalitarianism, communism, and socialism to more modern-day variantsof liberalism and progressivism. It is a constant fight and we mustwin. Ziad K. Abdelnour

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant. John Stuart Mill

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

There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women. Madeleine Albright

The worst thing about being a great power is when you're not one any more. It takes centuries to get over it. Ben Elton

We are all like one-winged angels. It is only when we help each other that we can fly. Luciano De Crescenzo

Real power comes by empowering others. Denis Waitley

We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals; others, by their acts. Harold Nicolson

Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic; it is merely a form of emotional masturbation. It is the rarest thing to find a player who has not had his character affected for the worse by the practice of his profession. Nobody can make a habit of self-exhibition, nobody can exploit his personality for the sake of exercising a kind of hypnotic power over others, and remain untouched by the process. Aldous Huxley

Those who believe they have pleased God by the quality of their devotion and moral goodness naturally feel that they and their group deserve deference and power over others. The God of Jesus and the prophets, however, saves completely by grace. He cannot be manipulated by religious and moral performance-he can only be reached through repentance, through the giving up of power. If we are saved by sheer grace we can only become grateful, willing servants of God and of everyone around us. Timothy Keller

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

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

Nearest to all things is that power which fashions their being. Next to us the grandest laws are constantly being executed. Next to us is not the workman whom we have hired, with whom we love so well to talk, but the workman whose work we are. Henry David Thoreau

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils, but present evils triumph over it. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

I am literally smaller than life. I am an unextraordinary-looking person. I've seen people trying to hide their disappointment when they meet me, and I have to watch them get over it. Terry Gross

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

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