Carlyle Fielding Stewart III

Writings on Democracy, Social Justice, and Religion

Quotable Quotes On Power.

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“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.”

-Frederick Douglass

“You can have power over people as 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.”

-Alexander Solzhenitsyn

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

-Alice Walker

“I’m not interested in power for power’s sake but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right, and that is good.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

“Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.”

-Margaret Thatcher

“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use- of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.”

-Robert F. Kennedy

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

-Henrik Ibsen

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

-Abraham Lincoln

“Power can be taken, but not given. The process of taking is empowerment in itself.”

-Gloria Steinem

“Always be smarter than the people you work for.”

-Lena Horne

“We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace.”

-William Gladstone

“Power concedes nothing without demand. It never did. It never will.”

-Frederick Douglass


Taken from The Quotable Intellectual,  by Peter Archer

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