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Much that passes as idealism is disguised hatred or disguised love of power. -- Bertrand Russell
Author: Russell, BertrandEra: 1872
A good indignation brings out all one's powers. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Author: Emerson, Ralph WaldoEra: 1803
Our laws make law impossible; our liberties destroy all freedom; our property is organized robbery; our morality an impudent hypocrisy; our wisdom is administered by inexperienced or mal-experienced dupes; our power wielded by cowards and weaklings; and our honour false in all its points. I am an enemy of the existing order for good reasons. -- George Bernard Shaw
Author: Shaw, George BernardEra: 1856
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who seek it: the pains of power are real, its pleasures imaginary. -- Charles C. Colton
Author: Colton, Charles C.Era: 1780
A superintending power to maintain the Universe in its course and order. -- Thomas Jefferson
Author: Jefferson, ThomasEra: 1743
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. -- Voltaire
Author: VoltaireEra: 1694
Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. -- George Washington
Author: Washington, GeorgeEra: 1732
Strive with thy thoughts unclean before they overpower thee. Use them as they will thee, for if thou sparest them and they take root and grow, know well, these thoughts will overpower and kill thee. Beware! Suffer not their shadow to approach. For it will grow, increase in size and power, and then this thing of darkness will absorb thy being before thou hast well realized the black foul monster's presence. -- H. P. Blavatsky
Author: Blavatsky, H. P.Era: 1831
So weak thou art that fools thy power despise; And yet so strong, thou triumph'st o'er the wise. -- Jonathan Swift
Author: Swift, JonathanEra: 1667
Distrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. -- Friedrich Nietzsche
Author: Nietzsche, FriedrichEra: 1844
Everything that enlarges the sphere of human powers, that shows man he can do what he thought he could not do, is valuable. -- Samuel Johnson
Author: Johnson, SamuelEra: 1709
Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, these three alone lead life to sovereign power. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred LordEra: 1809
What is thought? It is not Matter, nor Spirit. It is not a Thing; but a power and Force. I make upon a paper certain conventional marks, that represent that Thought. There is no power or Virtue in the marks I write, but only in the Thought which they tell to others. I die, but the Thought still lives. It is a power. The fact that Thought continues to exist an instant, after it makes its appearance in the soul, proves it immortal: for there is nothing conceivable that can destroy it. The spoken words, being mere sounds, may vanish into thin air, and the written ones,mere marks, be burned, erased, destroyed: but the THOUGHT itself lives still, and must live on forever. -- Albert Pike
Author: Pike, AlbertEra: 1809
Beauty, n: the power by which a woman charms a lover and terrifies a husband. -- Ambrose Bierce
Author: Bierce, AmbroseEra: 1842
The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophesies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true. -- Eric Hoffer
Author: Hoffer, EricEra: 1902
The eye sees what it brings the power to see. -- Thomas Carlyle
Author: Carlyle, ThomasEra: 1795
Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but it is sure to repent every ill-judged outlay. -- Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Author: Goethe, Johann VonEra: 1749
Ambition has but one reward for all: A little power, a little transient fame; A grave to rest in, and a fading name! -- William Winter
Author: Winter, WilliamEra: 1836
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
Author: Aurelius, MarcusEra: 121
A Human Thought is an actual EXISTENCE, and a Force and power, capable of acting upon and controlling matter as well as mind. -- Albert Pike
Author: Pike, AlbertEra: 1809
The evolution of man is the evolution of his consciousness, and "consciousness" cannot evolve unconsciously. The evolution of man is the evolution of his will, and "will" cannot evolve involuntarily. The evolution of man is the evolution of his power of doing, and "doing" cannot be the result of things which "happen." -- Gurdjieff
Author: GurdjieffEra: 1873
...The eternal vital power builds them in the likeness of older worlds, placing them on the Imperishable Centres. How does he build them? He collects the fiery dust. He makes balls of fire, runs through them, and round them, infusing life there into, then sets them into motion; some one way, some the other way. They are cold, he makes them hot. They are dry, he makes them moist. They shine, he fans and cools them. Thus he acts from one twilight to the other, during Seven Eternities. -- Book of Dzyan
Author: Book of DzyanEra: -3000
People demand freedom only when they have no power. -- Friedrich W. Nietzsche
Author: Nietzsche, FriedrichEra: 1844
In the survival of favoured individuals and races, during the constantly-recurring struggle for existence, we see a powerful and ever-acting form of selection. -- Charles Darwin
Author: Darwin, CharlesEra: 1809
Knowledge comes by eyes always open and working hard, and there is no knowledge that is not power. -- Jeremy Taylor
Author: Taylor, JeremyEra: 1613
The power of Thought, the magic of the Mind! -- Lord Byron
Author: Byron, LordEra: 1788
Capitalism has destroyed our belief in any effective power but that of self interest backed by force. -- George Bernard Shaw
Author: Shaw, George BernardEra: 1856
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also. -- Marcus Aurelius
Author: Aurelius, MarcusEra: 121
What is the source of sadness, but feebleness of the mind? What giveth it power but the want of reason? Rouse thyself to the combat, and she quitteth the field before thou strikest. -- Akhenaton
Author: AkhenatonEra: -1375
Beauty attracts us men; but if, like an armed magnet it is pointed, beside, with gold and silver, it attracts with tenfold power. -- Jean Paul Richter
Author: Richter, Jean PaulEra: 1763
There was neither non-existence nor existence then; there was neither the realm of space nor the sky beyond. There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day. That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse. Other than that there was nothing beyond. Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning; with no distinguishing sign, all this was water. The life force that was, was covered with emptiness, that one arose through the power of heat. Desire came upon that one in the beginning; that was the first seed of mind. -- Rig Veda
Author: Veda, RigEra: -1200
Property may be destroyed and money may lose its purchasing power; but, character, health, knowledge and good judgement will always be in demand under all conditions. -- Roger Babson
Author: Babson, RogerEra: 1875
power may justly be compared to a great river; while kept within its bounds it is both beautiful and useful, but when it overflows its banks, it is then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes. -- Andrew Hamilton
Author: Hamilton, AndrewEra: 1676
No evil propensity of the human heart is so powerful that it may not be subdued by discipline. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
He who has great power should use it lightly. -- Seneca
Author: SenecaEra: -4
One main factor in the upward trend of animal life has been the power of wandering. -- Alfred North Whitehead
Author: Whitehead, Alfred NorthEra: 1861
Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical. -- Blaise Pascal
Author: Pascal, BlaiseEra: 1623
At last I perceive that in revolutions the supreme power rests with the most abandoned. -- Georges Jacques Danton
Author: Danton, Georges J.Era: 1759
The tempest uproots not the soft grasses that bow low on all sides; on the lofty trees it strikes hard. It is against the mighty that the mighty puts forth his prowess. -- The Hitopadesa
Author: Hitopadesa, TheEra: 600
Liberty consists in the power of doing that which is permitted by the law. -- Cicero
Author: CiceroEra: -106
power intoxicates men. It is never voluntarily surrendered. It must be taken from them. -- James F. Byrnes
Author: Byrnes, James F.Era: 1879
Idealism is the noble toga that political gentlemen drape over their will to power. -- Aldous Huxley
Author: Huxley, AldousEra: 1894
He never sold the truth to serve the hour, Nor paltered with Eternal God for power. -- Alfred Lord Tennyson
Author: Tennyson, Alfred LordEra: 1809
Not only will atomic power be released, but someday we will harness the rise and fall of the tides and imprison the rays of the sun. -- Thomas Alva Edison
Author: Edison, Thomas A.Era: 1847
We are all agents of the same supreme power, the people. -- Daniel Webster
Author: Webster, DanielEra: 1782
If it were in my power, I would be wiser; but a newly felt power carries me off in spite of myself; love leads me one way, my understanding another. -- Ovid
Author: OvidEra: -43
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Jjealousy jest joke journalism journey joy judgement justice
Kkindness knowledge
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Mmadness malice man mankind manners marriage martyr mathematics maturing medicine mediocracy meditation memory merit military mind mirth misery misfortune mistake moderation modesty money morale morals morning mortals mother movies museum music
Nnarrow minds nation nature necessity neighbor nervous newspaper nothing
Oobservation obstacle opinion opportunity opposition order
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Vvalor vice victory virtue vision voice
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