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Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 61.
    The general tendency of things throughout the world is to render mediocrity the ascendant power among mankind.
    (John Stuart Mill (1806-1873), British philosopher, economist. On Liberty, ch. 3 (1859).)
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  • 62.
    Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both.
    (John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), U.S. Democratic politician, president. Speech, July 3, 1963, to NATO.)
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  • 63.
    If Paris lived now, and preferred beauty to power and riches, it would not be called his Judgment, but his Want of Judgment.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 60, ed. Lars E. Troide, Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1787; in Greek mythology, the Judgment of Paris is the story of Paris's awarding the prize of beauty to the Goddess Aphrodite (over the Goddesses Hera and Pallas Athena) in return for the bribe of the fairest woman in the world, Helen.)
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  • 64.
    Lawyers may reason powerfully, but power settles most issues.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 65.
    The power of the past does not depend on our knowledge of it.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
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  • 66.
    Anyone who has ever constructed a "new heaven" has discovered the power to do it nowhere but in his own hell.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 5, p. 360, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). On the Genealogy of Morals, "Third Essay," section 10 (1887).)
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  • 67.
    When you give power to an executive you do not know who will be filling that position when the time of crisis comes.
    (Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), U.S. author. repr. In By-Line Ernest Hemingway, ed. William White (1967). "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter," Esquire (New York, September 1935).)
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  • 68.
    Utility is the great idol of the age, to which all powers must do service and all talents swear allegiance.
    (Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805), German dramatist, poet, essayist. "Second Letter," On the Aesthetic Education of Man (1795).)
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  • 69.
    Art moves. Hence its civilizing power.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Utility of the Beautiful," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 70.
    As a man is, so he sees. As the eye is formed, such are its powers.
    (William Blake (1757-1827), British poet, painter, engraver. The Letters of William Blake, letter, Aug. 23, 1799 (1956).)
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