An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Let them hate, so long as they fear.


Lucius Accius (170 BC– ?, Roman tragic poet and playwright)


In the past, to subjugate the people, the powerful used force, laws and religion; now, they also have football and television.

Carl William Brown (1960 - , Italian writer, aphorist, teacher and trader)


Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


Lord Acton (1834-1902, British historian)


Arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken.


Abigail Adams (1744-1818, American First Lady)


A friend in power is a friend lost.


Henry Brooks Adams (1838-1918, American historian)


Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.


John Adams (1735-1826, American President (2nd))


The man whose authority is recent is always stern.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


When a man's willing and eager the god's join in.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


A man can do all things if he but wills them.


Leon Battista Alberti (1404-1472, Italian architect, painter, sculptor, writer)


The price of power is responsibility for the public good.


Withrop Aldrich


Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.


Saul Alinsky (1909-1972, American radical activist)


To create power is like a magnet, this is true because this creative power operates like a magnet. Give it a strong clear picture of what you want and this creative power starts to work magnetizing conditions about you -- attracting to you things, resources, opportunities, circumstances and even the people you need, to help bring to pass in your outer life what you have pictured.


Claude M. Bristol (1891-1951, American author of "The Magic Of Believing")


Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires, but according to our powers.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Will localizes us; thought universalizes us.


Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881, Swiss philosopher, poet, critic)


Power tires only those who do not have it.


Giulio Andreotti (1919-, Italian Prime Minister)


Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength.


Apocrypha (A collection of fourteen books written after the last book of the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) and before the first book of the Christian Scriptures (New Testament).)


Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man's own will.


St. Thomas Aquinas


Give me where to stand, and I will move the earth.


Archimedes (c. 287-12212 BC, Greek mathematician)


A word after a word after a word is power.


Margaret Atwood (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under thy observation in life.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


It is a strange desire, to seek power, and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man's self.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


There is no such thing as a great talent without great will-power.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Where does virgin wool come from? The sheep that runs the fastest.


Harry F. Banks


The earth seemed to move with me. I found a new source of power and beauty, a source I never knew existed.


Roger Bannister (1929-, British athlete, first person in the world to run a mile under 4 minutes)


I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.


Roland Barthes (1915-1980, French semiologist)


Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It's very like being in close proximity to fecal matter, the fecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired


Jean Baudrillard (French postmodern philosopher, writer)


We thought, because we had power, we had wisdom.


Stephen Vincent Benet (1989-1943, American novelist, poet)


The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away.


Aneurin Bevan (1897-1960, British politician)


Woman's influence is powerful, especially when she wants something.


Josh Billings (1815-1885, American humorist, lecturer)


When thou standest still from thinking and willing of self, the eternal hearing, seeing, and speaking will be revealed to thee, and so God heareth and seeth through thee. Thine own hearing, willing, and seeing hindereth thee, that thou dost not see nor hear God.


Jacob Boehme (1575-1624, German mystic)


I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake. A man will fight harder for his interests than for his rights. Men are moved by only two mechanisms: fear and self-interest. Victory belongs to the most persevering.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Power is founded upon opinion.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousand who are silent.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


If school results were the key to power, girls would be running the world.


Sarah Boseley (British journalist)


All I want is a warm bed, a kind word and unlimited power™.


Ashleigh Brilliant (1933-, British-American humorist)

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Power is the by-product of understanding.


Jacob Bronowski (1908-1974, British scientist, author)


Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers.


James F. Byrnes (1879-1972, American judge, secretary of state)


From Paul to Stalin, the popes who have chosen Caesar have prepared the way for Caesars who quickly learn to despise popes.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


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. The pains of power are real; its pleasures imaginary.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


Power is the faculty or capacity to act, the strength and potency to accomplish something. It is the vital energy to make choices and decisions. It also includes the capacity to overcome deeply embedded habits and to cultivate higher, more effective ones.


Stephen R. Covey (1932-, American speaker, trainer, author of "The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People")


You can get more with a kind word and a gun than you can with a kind word alone.


Al Capone (1899-1947, American gangster)


Immense power is acquired by assuring yourself in your secret reveries that you were born to control affairs.


Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919, American industrialist, philanthropist)


Those convinced against their will are of the same opinion still.


Dale Carnegie (1888-1955, American trainer, author, "How to Win Friends and Influence People")


To achieve the mood of a warrior is not a simple matter. It is a revolution. To regard the lion and the water rats and our fellow men as equals is a magnificent act of a warrior's spirit. It takes power to do that.


Carlos Castaneda (1925-, American anthropologist, author)


Self-will so ardent and active that it will break a world to pieces to make a stool to sit on.


Richard Cecil (American poet)


So, our lives, in acts exemplary, not only win ourselves good names, but doth to others give matter for virtuous deeds by which we live.


John Jay Chapman (1862-1933, American author)


Iron hand in a velvet glove.


Charles V (1500-1558, Spanish King)


Unlimited power corrupts the possessor.


William Pitt Chatham (1708 -1778, British statesman)


A person who is wise does nothing against their will, nothing with sighing or under coercion.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.


Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832, British sportsman writer)


The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles.


Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929, American sociologist)


Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.


Norman Cousins (1915-1990, American editor, humanitarian, author)


Will cannot be quenched against its will.


Alighieri, Dante (1265-1321, Italian philosopher, poet)


The most exquisite paradox… as soon as you give it all up, you can have it all.  As long as you want power, you can't have it. The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible.


Ram Dass (1931-, American spiritual author, lecturer)


We must leave our mark on our life while we have it in our power.


Isak Dinesen (1885-1962, American author)


Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Power has only one duty -- to secure the social welfare of the People.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


What you have to do and the way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you are willing to do it, that's another matter.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Mighty things from small beginnings grow.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


All personal, psychological, social, and institutionalized domination on this earth can be traced back to its source: the phallic identities of men.


Andrea Dworkin (1946-, American feminist critic)


This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway.


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


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


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


The world is full of willing people, some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


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


Albert Einstein (1879-1955, German-born American physicist)


If you haven't the strength to impose your own terms upon life, you must accept the terms it offers you.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


A good indignation brings out all one's powers.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


A good indignation brings out all one's powers.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


You commit a sin of omission if you do not utilize all the power that is within you. All men have claims on man, and to the man with special talents, this is a very special claim. It is required that a man take part in the actions and clashes of his time that the peril of being judged not to have lived at all.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


The creation of a thousand forest in one acorn.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The education of the will is the object of our existence.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


The stupidity of men always invites the insolence of power.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There is no knowledge that is not power.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Wherever there is power there is age.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Our power is not so much in us as through us.


Harry Emerson Fosdick (1878-1969, American minister)


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 (1926-1984, French essayist, philosopher)


Concentrated power is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.


Milton Friedman (1912-, American economist)


The power to do good is also the power to do harm.


Milton Friedman (1912-, American economist)


The ordinary man with extraordinary power is the chief danger for mankind -- not the fiend or the sadist.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


I often say of George Washington that he was one of the few in the whole history of the world who was not carried away by power.


Robert Frost (1875-1963, American poet)


To deny the freedom of the will is to make morality impossible.


James A. Froude (1818-1894, British historian)


Don't let your will roar when your power only whispers.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


He that has one eye is a prince among those who have none.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Nothing is easy to the unwilling.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.


William Gaddis


In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes.


John Kenneth Galbraith (1908-, American economist)


The power to question is the basis of all human progress. People tend to forget their duties, but remember their rights.


Indira Gandhi (1917-1984, Indian Prime Minster)


I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.


Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948, Indian political, spiritual leader)


Power may be at the end of a gun, but sometimes it's also at the end of the shadow or the image of a gun.


Jean Genet (1910-1986, French playwright, novelist)


Every man has enough power left to carry out that of which he is convinced.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


He who is firm in will molds the world to himself.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


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