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Power Quotes

27 of the best book quotes about power
  1. #1
    “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  2. #2
    “Beware; for I am fearless, and therefore powerful.”
  3. #3
    “The world isn’t split into good people and Death Eaters. We’ve all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.”
  4. #4
    “Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.”
  5. #5
    “But remember that forgiveness too is a power. To beg for it is a power, and to withhold or bestow it is a power, perhaps the greatest.”
  6. #6
    “Better to reign in Hell, then serve in Heav’n.”
  7. #7
    “If only the gods are willing. They rule the vaulting skies. They’re stronger than I to plan and drive things home.”
    author
    Homer
    person
    God
    book
    Odyssey
    concepts
    PowerStrength
  8. #8
    “If men should read these words, let them know that power is a heavy burden. Seek not to be bound by its chains.”
  9. #9
    “One man’s life or death were but a small price to pay for the acquirement of the knowledge which I sought, for the dominion I should acquire and transmit over the elemental foes of our race.”
  1. #10
    “Dominance, even the threat of it, is a form of dehumanization. It’s the ugliest kind of power.”
  2. #11
    “To be alive──is Power.”
  3. #12
    “Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.”
    author
    George Orwell
    book
    1984
    concept
    Power
  4. #13
    “We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it.”
  5. #14
    “Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world”
  6. #15
    “I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”
    author
    Roald Dahl
    book
    Matilda
    character
    Miss Trunchbull
    concept
    Power
  7. #16
    “There’s a sense of sovereignty that comes from life on a mountain...”
  8. #17
    “No one’s happiness but my own is in my power to achieve or to destroy.”
  9. #18
    “We gained control of many things. But we had to let go of others.”
  1. #19
    “Show respect for those in power, but don’t follow them blindly.”
  2. #20
    “I had discerned the ways in which we had been sculpted by a tradition given to us by others, a tradition of which we were either willfully or accidentally ignorant. I had begun to understand that we had lent our voices to a discourse whose sole purpose was to dehumanize and brutalize others—because nurturing that discourse was easier, because retaining power always feels like the way forward.”
  3. #21
    Let folly be our cloak, a veil before the eyes of the Enemy! For he is very wise, and weighs all things to a nicety in the scales of his malice. But the only measure that he knows is desire, desire for power; and so he judges all hearts. Into his heart the thought will not enter that any will refuse it, that having the Ring we may seek to destroy it. If we seek this, we shall put him out of reckoning.
  4. #22
    “Money and titles may be hereditary,” she would say, “but brains are not.”
  5. #23
    Power is given only to him who dares to stoop and take it ... one must have the courage to dare.
  6. #24
    To me it would not seem that a Steward who faithfully surrenders his charge is diminished in love or in honour.
  7. #25
    “But mercy is above this sceptred sway;
    It is enthroned in the hearts of kings,
    It is an attribute to God himself;
    And earthly power doth then shew likest Gods
    When mercy seasons justice.”
  8. #26
    “You are wise and powerful. Will you not take the Ring?”
    “No!” cried Gandalf, springing to his feet. “With that power I should have power too great and terrible. And over me the Ring would gain a power still greater and more deadly.” His eyes flashed and his face was lit as by a fire within. “Do not tempt me! For I do not wish to become like the Dark Lord himself. Yet the way of the Ring to my heart is by pity, pity for weakness and the desire of strength to do good. Do not tempt me! I dare not take it, not even to keep it safe, unused. The wish to wield it would be too great for my strength. I shall have such need of it. Great perils lie before me.”
  9. #27
    “The best world shakers were the ones who understood the true power of words. They were the ones who could climb the highest. One such word shaker was a small, skinny girl. She was renowned as the best word shaker of her region because she knew how powerless a person could be WITHOUT words. That’s why she could climb higher than anyone else. She had desire. She was hungry for them.”
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