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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) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Politician. President of the United States.

The appetite for power, even for universal power, is only insane when there is no possibility of indulging it; a man who sees the possibility opening before him and does not try to grasp it, even at the risk of destroying himself and his country, is either

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

You only have power over people so long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything he's no longer in your power -- he's free again.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn (1918-?) Russian novelist, dramatist and historian.

Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't.

Margaret Thatcher (1925-?) British statewoman.


Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) 26th president of the U.S.

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Lord Acton (1834-1902) English historian.

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.

Jonathan Swift (1667-1745) Irish-born English satirist.

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

Honore de Balzac (1799-1850) French novelist.