Quotes about Power

"When you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt."

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"Anyone can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time, and for the right purpose and in the right way - that is not within everyone's power and that is not easy."

Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. His writings cover many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology, and zoology. Together with Plato and Socrates (Plato's teacher), Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. Aristotle's writings were the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics.


"The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while."

Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a theoretical physicist, philosopher and author who is widely regarded as one of the most influential and best known scientists and intellectuals of all time. A German-Swiss Nobel laureate, he is often regarded as the father of modern physics. He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to Theoretical Physics, and especially for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect


"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."

Margaret Hilda Thatcher (born 13 October 1925) served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. Thatcher is the only woman to have held either post.


"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens."

Epictetus (AD 55–AD 135) was a Greek Stoic philosopher. Hewas born a slave at Hierapolis, Phrygia (present day Pamukkale, Turkey), and livedin Rome until banishment when he went to Nicopolis in northwestern Greece where he lived the rest of his life. His teachings were noted down and published by his pupil Arrian in his Discourses. Philosophy, he taught, is a way of life and not just a theoretical discipline.


"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."

Bruce Lee (27 November 1940 – 20 July 1973) was a Chinese American and Hong Kong actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, film director, film producer, screenwriter. He is considered one of the most influential martial artists of the 20th century, and a cultural icon.


"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."

Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was an American science fiction writer. Often called "the dean of science fiction writers", he was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of the genre.


"Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."

Mao Zedong (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976) also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung , and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao was a Chinese communist revolutionary, political theorist and politician. The architect and founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949, he governed the country as Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China until his death in 1976. Politically a Marxist-Leninist, his theoretical contribution to the ideology along with his military strategies and brand of policies are collectively known as Maoism.


"Before we acquire great power we must acquire wisdom to use it well."

Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American philosopher, lecturer, essayist, and poet, best remembered for leading the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century.


"If a small thing has the power to make you angry, does that not indicate something about your size ?"

Sydney J. Harris (14 September 1917– 8 December 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times.