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"How necessary it is at all times to watch against the attempted encroachment of power, and to prevent its running to excess." ~ Thomas Paine

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I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and like the grave cries "Give, give!" ~ Abigail Adams, letter to her husband, 1775

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. ~ Honoré de Balzac

Like many things in our national life, we miscalculated. We overestimated our ability to control events, which is one of the great dangers of a great power. Power tends to be a substitute for judgment and wisdom. ~ Hubert Humphrey

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 von Goethe

Power is not something that can be assumed or discarded at will like underwear. ~ John Kenneth Galbraith

Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat. ~ John Lehman

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. ~ John Steinbeck

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control--these three alone lead to sovereign power. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

Deep within humans dwells those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish them that they never dreamed of possessing, forces that would revolutionize their lives if aroused and put into action. ~ Orison Swett Marden

Great power is always produced through a process of focalizing a specific force into a confined area. ~ Uranda

He who is firm in will molds the world to himself. ~ Johann von Goethe

You give your power away when you make someone or something outside of you more important than what is inside of you. ~ Alan Cohen, Why Your Life Sucks

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