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Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It's very like being in close proximity to fecal matter, the fecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired its historically sacred character.

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
A wise man has great power, and a man of knowledge increases strength. [Proverbs 24:5]
Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something.
Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
To create power is like a magnet, this is true because this creative power operates like a magnet. Give it a strong clear picture of what you want and this creative power starts to work magnetizing conditions about you -- attracting to you things, resources, opportunities, circumstances and even the people you need, to help bring to pass in your outer life what you have pictured.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.
From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.
Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.
Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
No man is wise enough, or good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.
Power has only one duty --to secure the social welfare of the People.
All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.
The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power.
A good indignation brings out all one's powers.
Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power.
The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -- not the fiend or the sadist.
He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none.
In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.
Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.
Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half the world.
Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced.
If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
The quality of the will to power is, precisely, growth. Achievement is its cancellation. To be, the will to power must increase with each fulfillment, making the fulfillment only a step to a further one. The vaster the power gained the vaster the appetite for more.
Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.
Power over a man's subsistence amounts to power over his will.
The exercise of power is determined by thousands of interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless, all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line: everyone has a small part of himself in both.
The point of power is always in the present moment.
If a person has no delicacy, he has you in his power.
By time and council do the best we can: The event is never in the power of man.
Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from the sense of their inadequacy and impotence. They hate not wickedness but weakness. When it is in their power to do so, the weak destroy weakness wherever they see it.
You commit a sin of omission if you do not utilize all the power that is within you. All men have claims on man, and to the man with special talents, this is a very special claim. It is required that a man take part in the actions and clashes of his time that the peril of being judged not to have lived at all.
The law always limits every power it gives.
Into the hands of every individual is given a marvelous power for good or evil-the silent, unconscious, unseen influence of his life. This is simply the constant radiation of what man really is, not what he pretends to be.
The exercise of power in this century has meant for all of us in the United States not arrogance, but agony.
Authority is not power; that's coercion. Authority is not knowledge; that's persuasion, or seduction. Authority is simply that the author has the right to make a statement and to be heard.
Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

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