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Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.

The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord. [Job 1:21]
If school results were the key to power, girls would be running the world.
Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.
Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.
Iron hand in a velvet glove.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.
The most exquisite paradox as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all. As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.
Wherever there is power there is age.
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.
I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.
Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.
Thoughts mixed with definiteness of purpose, persistence, and a burning desire are powerful things.
Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true.
Calmness is the cradle of power.
You possess a potent force that you either use, or misuse, hundreds of times every day.
Must a government be too strong for the liberties of its people or too weak to maintain its own existence?
Power never takes a step back except in the face of more power.
The urge to save humanity is almost always only a false face for the urge to rule it.
Not necessity, not desire --no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything --health, food, a place to live, entertainment --they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
The property of power is to protect.
If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again.
Personal power is the ability to take action.
There is an urgent need -- in fact a national survival need -- for invigorating intellectual life, for upgrading the general regard for intellectual excellence. The United States must experience an intellectual renaissance or it will experience defeat. The time cannot be far off -- if indeed it is not already here -- when the strength of a nation, measured in terms of any kind of world competition, will depend less on the number of its bombs than on the number of its learned men.
A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
If you sit in judgment, investigate, if you sit in supreme power, sit in command.
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.
Purchasing power is a license to purchase power.
With the eye made quiet by power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.
Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
A man can do all things if he but wills them.
Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism; the way you play it is free will.
When the will is ready the feet are light.
Who wills the end, wills the means.
Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.
Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.
The earth seemed to move with me. I found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never knew existed.
I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.

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