Power Quotes (40) Spiritual Sayings

Summary: Definition of Power. The ability or capacity to perform or act effectively. A specific capacity, faculty, or aptitude. Often used in the plural: her powers of concentration. Strength or force exerted or capable of being exerted; might. 


“Be not the slave of your own past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.” 
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

As I have often written, power is the fundamental ingredient of the human experience. Every action in life, every thought, every choice we make--even down to what we wear and whether we are seating in first class or coach--represents a negotiation of power somewhere on the scale of power that constitutes life.
― Caroline Myss

The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.
― Milan Kundera

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.
― Michel Foucault

Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power if within, and it is available to you now.
― Eckhart Tolle

Compassion vs. Power.
In life, beginning in infancy, we seek compassion. Yet, we see power all around us, so we are curious. We are offered compassion, but suspect that power is better. So, when power is offered or available for taking, we often forget that compassion is the answer to our question. Power is not an answer, but an ― endless question.
Earon Davis

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.
― Audre Lorde

The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.
― James Allen (1864 - 1912)

“The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

“Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment.” 
― Mahatma Gandhi

“It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.” 
― David Brin

“Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.” 
― Elie Wiesel

“When your desires are strong enough, you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve.” 
― Napoleon Hill

“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.” 
― Steve Maraboli

I cured with the power that came through me.
― Black Elk 

Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.
― Aristotle 

Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
― Viktor E. Frankl 

Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.
― A. Bartlett Giamatti (1938 - 1989), President of Yale University

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
You see what power is - holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them!
― Amy Tan (1952 - )

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good.
― Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647

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.
― Charles Caleb Colton (1780 - 1832), Lacon, 1825

It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
― David Brin (1950 - )

Let not thy will roar, when thy power can but whisper.
― Dr. Thomas Fuller (1654 - 1734), Gnomologia, 1732

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself.
― Elie Wiesel (1928 - )

It is when power is wedded to chronic fear that it becomes formidable.
― Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983), The Passionate State of Mind, 1954

There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
― Eric Hoffer (1902 - 1983), The New York Times Magazine, April 25, 1971

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
― Harry Shearer

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish.
― Henrik Ibsen (1828 - 1906)

Be fit for more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too small for it.
― James A. Garfield (1831 - 1881)

The essence of government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
― James Madison (1751 - 1836)

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
― James Madison (1751 - 1836)

One person with a belief is equal to a force of 99 who have only interests.
― John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

The secret of all power is - save your force. If you want high pressure you must choke off waste.
― Joseph Farrell

If power was an illusion, wasn't weakness necessarily one also?
― Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign, 1999

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
― Lord Acton, Letter to Bishop Mandell Creighton, 1887

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
― Lord Macaulay, review of Lucy Aikin, 'Life and Writings of Addison,' 1943

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.
― Malcolm X (1925 - 1965), Malcolm X Speaks, 1965

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 (1925 - 1968), 'I Remember, I Believe,' The Pursuit of Justice, 1964

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.
― Seneca (5 BC - 65 AD)

Knowledge is power.
― Sir Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626), Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597

We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.
― Stephen Vincent Benet (1898 - 1943), Litany for Dictatorships, 1935

We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
― Stewart L. Udall (1920 - ), commencement address, Dartmouth College, June 13, 1965

An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
― Thomas Jefferson (1743 - 1826), letter to John Melish, January 13, 1813

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