Quotations About / On: POWER

  • 61.
    One of the satisfactions of a genius is his will-power and obstinacy.
    (Man Ray (1890-1976), U.S. photographer. Letter, May 18, 1941, to his sister. Quoted in Neil Baldwin, Man Ray (1988).)
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  • 62.
    There is an excess both in happiness and misery above our power of sensation.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 466 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 63.
    Power has only one duty—to secure the social welfare of the People.
    (Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sybil, bk. 4, ch. 14 (1845).)
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  • 64.
    Every white man in this country has been raised with a false sense of power.
    (Roxanne Dunbar (1938), U.S. feminist. Female Liberation as the Basis for Social Revolution, [unpaginated pamphlet] (1969).)
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  • 65.
    All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 66.
    When power becomes gracious and descends into the visible—such descent I call beauty.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 152, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 118, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On Those Who are Sublime," (1883).)
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  • 67.
    What is happiness?—The feeling that power is growing, that a resistance is being overcome.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 6, p. 170, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Antichrist, section 2 (prepared for publication 1888, published 1895).)
  • 68.
    The vices of youth now exceed my powers, but not my fancy.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 69.
    On him who wields power gently, the god looks favorably from afar.
    (Aeschylus (525-456 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Agamemnon, l. 951.)
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  • 70.
    The construction of life is at present in the power of facts far more than convictions.
    (Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), German critic, philosopher. repr. In One-Way Street and Other Writings (1978). "Filling Station," One-Way Street (1928).)
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