Quotes about Power

"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for power equal to your tasks."

Frederick Phillips Brooks, Jr. (born April 19, 1931) is a software engineer and computer scientist, best-known for managing the development of IBM's System/360 family of computers and the OS/360 software support package.


"We control fifty percent of a relationship. We influence one hundred percent of it."

Barbara Colorose (-)


"The greatest power is often simple patience."

Barbara Colorose (-)


"We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every 10 minutes."

James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995) was a United States Senator representing Arkansas from 1945 to 1975.


"Knowing others is intelligence,
knowing yourself is true wisdom,
mastering others is strength,
mastering yourslef is true power."

Laozi also Lao Tse, Lao Tu, Lao-Tzu, Lao-Tsu, Laotze, Lao Zi, Laocius, and other variations (-) was a mystic philosopher of ancient China,and is a central figure in Taoism (also spelled "Daoism").


"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want too test a man's character, give him power."

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) served as the 16th President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. He successfully led the country through its greatest internal crisis, the American Civil War, preserving the Union, ending slavery, and rededicating the nation to nationalism, equal rights, liberty and democracy.


"Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars."

Dr. Peter Marshall (May 27, 1902 – January 26, 1949) was a Scottish-American preacher, and twice served as Chaplain of the United States Senate.


"Revolutionaries do not make revolutions. The revolutionaries are those who know when power is lying in the street and they can pick it up."

Hannah Arendt (October 14, 1906 – December 4, 1975) was an influential German Jewish political theorist. She has often been described as a philosopher.


"The secret of power is the knowledge that others are more cowardly than you are."

Karl Ludwig Börne (6 May 1786 – 12 February 1837) was a German political writer and satirist.


"The great tragedies of history occur not when right confronts wrong, but when two rights confront each other."

Henry Alfred Kissinger (born May 27, 1923) is a German-born American political scientist, diplomat, and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.