Absolute Power


Power kills, absolute power kills absolutely. Rudolph Rummel

Power doesn't always corrupt. Power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power is that power always reveals. Robert Caro

Great men are almost always bad men. Lord Acton

Unlimited power is apt to corrupt the minds of those who possess it. William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power. Napoleon Bonaparte

With people in high office, the old - you go into the extreme, which is absolute power and absolute power corrupts. Clint Eastwood

Over the times thou hast no power. . . . Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest. Thomas Carlyle

The Book of Job is advice on how to live in terms of the absolute power of nature. Leviathan is advice on how to live in terms of the absolute power of the state. Donald Phillip Verene

Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. John Acton

Imagination, which in truth Is but another name for absolute power And clearest insight, amplitude of mind, And reason, in her most exalted mood. William Wordsworth

Has justice ever grown in the soil of absolute power? Has not justice always come from the ... heart and spirit of men who resist power? Woodrow Wilson

Well, I have an interest in power. I have an interest in people who find themselves in the position to exercise absolute power Boyd Rice

Federalism is the best curb on democracy. [It] assigns limited powers to the central government. Thereby all power is limited. It excludes absolute power of the majority. Lord Acton

No power was total, no power permanent, no power absolute. Justina Chen

Turn yourself inside out. Live with absolute certainty that you have the power to create anything that you desire-anything!-because the power you need is the power of the Universe flowing through you. Sonia

Armies, though always the supporters and tools of absolute power for the time being, are always the destroyers of it too; by frequently changing the hands in which they think proper to lodge it. Lord Chesterfield

Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity. Eric Hoffer

We have to awaken ourselves into that new awareness by which we can know the absolute truth and we can know that Divine power which is surrounding us. Nirmala Srivastava

Absolute power demoralizes. Lord Acton

To try to reform all the power structures at once would leave us with no power structure to use in our project. In any case, we will be able to see that absolute moral renewal could be attempted only by an absolute power and that a tyrannous force such as this must destroy the whole moral life of man, not renew it. Michael Polanyi



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