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"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - John Acton

"With people in high office, the old - you go into the extreme, which is absolute power and absolute power corrupts." - Clint Eastwood

"Power corrupts, and PowerPoint corrupts absolutely." - Vinton Cerf

"Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many." - Eric Hoffer

"Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

"Absolute power corrupts even when exercised for humane purposes. The benevolent despot who sees himself as a shepherd of the people still demands from others the submissiveness of sheep. The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its anti-humanity." - Eric Hoffer

"It is not that power corrupts but that power is a magnet to the corruptible." - Frank Herbert

"Power corrupts, and there is nothing more corrupting than power exercised in secret." - Daniel Schorr

"Power kills, absolute power kills absolutely." - Rudolph Rummel

"Unlimited power corrupts the possessor; and this I know, that, where law ends, there tyranny begins." - William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham

"Absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power." - Eric Hoffer

"No power was total, no power permanent, no power absolute." - Justina Chen

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John Lehman

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - John Acton

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

"Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat." - John F Lehman Jr

"Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, where does that leave God??" - George Deacon

"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral conduct and character increase as the importance of the position increases." - Anthony E. Hartle

"Absolute welfare corrupts absolutely." - Mark Steyn

"If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?" - Harry Shearer

"Patriotism corrupts history." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Powerlessness corrupts: absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter

"Immunity corrupts; absolute immunity corrupts absolutely." - John W. Campbell

"If all power corrupts, then a doctor, who literally holds life and death in his hands, must be at particular risk." - P D James

"Power corrupts, and obsolete power corrupts obsoletely." - Ted Nelson

"You know, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely? It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew." - Studs Terkel

"You know, 'power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely?' It's the same with powerlessness. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely. Einstein said everything had changed since the atom was split, except the way we think. We have to think anew." - Studs Terkel

"To assume all the powers is not good for anybody. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. All those experiments have a bad ending." - Rafael Correa

"All Hollywood corrupts; and absolute Hollywood corrupts absolutely." - Edmund Wilson

"It's very hard to operate on a general philosophy of power. They say that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, but I don't agree with that. I think you have to be corrupted to be corrupted by power." - Mark Pellegrino

"Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely." - Adlai Stevenson

"Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely." - Adlai Stevenson I

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses" - John F Kennedy

"Unlimited power corrupts the possessor." - William Pitt the Younger

"Unlimited power corrupts the possessor." - William Pitt

"Power corrupts. If the Church is given too much power, it will become corrupted. So to keep the Church in line with the teachings of Christ, we must make sure that it can never have temporal power. Religion has its place and politics has its own. These two should not be mixed together or the result would be catastrophic." - Ali Sina

"It's said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. When they do act, they think of it as service, which has limits. The tyrant, though, seeks mastery, for which he is insatiable, implacable." - David Brin

"There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutionsto cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power." - Eric Hoffer

"There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutions to cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power." - Eric Hoffer

"How do I know pornography depraves and corrupts? It depraves and corrupts me" - Malcolm Muggeridge

"The Book of Job is advice on how to live in terms of the absolute power of nature. Leviathan is advice on how to live in terms of the absolute power of the state." - Donald Phillip Verene

"Existence is beyond the power of words to define: Terms may be used But are none of them absolute." - Witter Bynner

"The will to power, as the modern age from Hobbes to Nietzsche understood it, far from being a characteristic of the strong, is, like envy and greed, among the vices of the weak, and possibly even their most dangerous one. Power corrupts indeed when the weak band together in order to ruin the strong, but not before." - Hannah Arendt

"It is supposed that power corrupts,' the caterpillar said in a voice as untroubled as time itself. "yet the powerful are often corrupt before they are powerful. In fact, I find that they too often become powerful by being corrupt. Whether real or perceived, a lack of power can also corrupt." - Frank Beddor

"All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. Such people have a tendency to become drunk on violence, a condition to which they are quickly addicted." - Frank Herbert

"Over the times thou hast no power. . . . Solely over one man thou hast quite absolute power. Him redeem and make honest." - Thomas Carlyle

"Has justice ever grown in the soil of absolute power? Has not justice always come from the ... heart and spirit of men who resist power?" - Woodrow Wilson

"The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy." - Joan Didion

"Well, I have an interest in power. I have an interest in people who find themselves in the position to exercise absolute power" - Boyd Rice

"Federalism is the best curb on democracy. [It] assigns limited powers to the central government. Thereby all power is limited. It excludes absolute power of the majority." - Lord Acton

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely; and if you surrender your personal responsibility to a government which promises to take care of you, they will only take care of themselves." - Howard Nemerov

"It has been said that absolute power corrupts absolutely, but many it not be truer to say that to be absolutely powerful a man must first corrupt himself?" - Terence Rattigan

"Absolute truisms rot brains absolutely.[...]'Power corrupts' is useless as a tool for understanding the past, and gives us nothing as a guide to action." - Steven Brust

"We're taught Lord Acton's axiom: all power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. I believed that when I started these books, but I don't believe it's always true any more. Power doesn't always corrupt. Power can cleanse. What I believe is always true about power is that power always reveals." - Robert Caro

"Leisure tends to corrupt, and absolute leisure corrupts absolutely." - Edgar A. Shoaff

"The mistakes (of leaders) are amplified by the numbers who follow them without question. Charismatic leaders tend to build up followings, power structures and these power structures tend to be taken over by people who are corruptible. I don't think that the old saw about 'power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely' is accurate: I think power attracts the corruptible." - Frank Herbert

"All power corrupts but some must govern." - John Le Carre

"If success corrupts, I'm probably pretty corrupted by now." - Bill Gates

"Speech doesn't corrupt. Money corrupts, and money isn't speech." - Russ Feingold

"Turn yourself inside out. Live with absolute certainty that you have the power to create anything that you desire-anything!-because the power you need is the power of the Universe flowing through you." - Sonia

"To try to reform all the power structures at once would leave us with no power structure to use in our project. In any case, we will be able to see that absolute moral renewal could be attempted only by an absolute power and that a tyrannous force such as this must destroy the whole moral life of man, not renew it." - Michael Polanyi

"We have to awaken ourselves into that new awareness by which we can know the absolute truth and we can know that Divine power which is surrounding us." - Nirmala Srivastava

"Imagination, which in truth Is but another name for absolute power And clearest insight, amplitude of mind, And reason, in her most exalted mood." - William Wordsworth

"God himself, with reverence be it spoken, is not an absolute but a limited monarch, limited by the rule which infinite wisdom prescribes to infinite power." - Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke

"Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority." - Lord Acton

"Power corrupts. Knowledge is power. Study hard. Be evil." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"Those who seek absolute power, even though they seek it to do what they regard as good, are simply demanding the right to enforce their own version of heaven on earth. And let me remind you, they are the very ones who always create the most hellish tyrannies. Absolute power does corrupt, and those who seek it must be suspect and must be opposed." - Barry Goldwater

"Absolute power, as we have always known, corrupts absolutely; it corrupts because it does not do the trick for the individual. Reality always creeps in-the reality of our helplessness and our mortality; the reality that, despite our reach for the stars, a creaturely fate awaits us." - Irvin D Yalom

"I no longer give Power Point presentations, because I've come to believe that power corrupts, and Power Point corrupts absolutely." - Vinton Cerf

"Absolute power demoralizes." - Lord Acton

"All power corrupts, but we need the electricity." - Anonymous

"It is not power that corrupts but fear." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"Violence is a disease, a disease that corrupts all who use it regardless of the cause." - Chris Hedges

"Sin defies God, utterly corrupts each individual, corrodes all social relationships, and issues in death." - D A Carson

"The passion of acquiring riches in order to support a vain expense corrupts the purest souls." - Francois Fenelon

"Procrastination is also a subtle act of corruption - it corrupts valuable time" - Amit Abraham

"There is no evidence to support the belief that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev ever questioned Americas power. He questioned only the President's John F. Kennedys readiness to use it. Elie Abel, The Missile Crisis (1966) Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

"I cannot accept your canon that we are to judge Pope and King unlike other men, with a favorable presumption that they do no wrong. If there is any presumption, it is the other way against holders of power...power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely." - Lord Acton

"When I first started studying Greek, one of my absolute favorite parts was realizing that so many English words had these old, secret roots. Learning Greek was like being given a super-power: linguistic x-ray vision." - Madeline Miller

"Armies, though always the supporters and tools of absolute power for the time being, are always the destroyers of it too; by frequently changing the hands in which they think proper to lodge it." - Lord Chesterfield

"Scripture is our norming norm and tradition is our normed norm and that in a doctrinal controversy Scripture alone has absolute veto power while The Great Tradition (orthodox doctrine) has a vote but not a veto." - Roger E. Olson

"I think we are seeing the absolute and utter collapse of male politicians in this [U.S] country and we're seeing what the underpinnings of the power structure are, which are sexist underpinnings." - Eve Ensler

"Information technology alone cannot provide us an absolute shield against its evil twin disinformation technology. Our only protection is law, and that protection is available to us only if legitimate governments have the power to govern." - Paul Starr

"If power corrupts, the reverse is also true; persecution corrupts the victims though perhaps in subtler and more tragic ways." - Arthur Koestler

"Absolute power is absolute power, no matter what it's called." - Marie Lu

"Absolute freedom mocks at justice. Absolute justice denies freedom." - Albert Camus

"Eternity is the Absolute present." - D.T. Suzuki

"A cat has absolute honesty." - Ernest Hemingway

"The Absolute cannot be divided." - Swami Vivekananda

"Power is always dangerous. Power attracts the worst and corrupts the best." - Edward Abbey

"In the United States, though power corrupts, the expectation of power paralyzes." - John Kenneth Galbraith

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

"It is not power that corrupts but fear. Fear of losing power corrupts those who wield it and fear of the scourge of power corrupts those who are subject to it." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"Tyrants and dictators will accept no other gods before them. They require disobedience to the First Commandment. They seek absolute control and are threatened by faith in God. They fear only the power they cannot possess - the power of truth. So they resent the living example of the devout, especially the devotion of a unique people chosen by God." - George W Bush

"I belive power can be used for good, I don't think every form of power is absolute evil. I wish I would have stepped in, and I really regret it. And that's why I really encourage young people who are organizing to speak up." - Kathleen Hanna

"Anyone who seeks power wants absolute power." - Robert Shea

"If power corrupts, weakness in the seat of power, with its constant necessity of deals and bribes and compromising arrangements,corrupts even more." - Barbara Tuchman

"There is a strong moralistic strain in the civil rights movement that would remind us that power corrupts, forgetting that the absence of power also corrupts." - Bayard Rustin

"In law, what plea so tainted and corrupts, but being seasoned with a gracious voice obscures the show of evil." - William Shakespeare

"Sin corrupts even our good deeds. We injure our shoulder trying to pat ourselves on the back." - D A Carson

"Success Corrupts and Limits Potential as Soon as You Start to Think You Could Do It Alone." - Scott Belsky

"The enjoyment of power inevitably corrupts the judgment of reason, and perverts its liberty." - Immanuel Kant

"Liberty is not a means to a higher political end. It is itself the highest political end...liberty is the only object which benefits all alike, and provokes no sincere opposition...The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. ~ Every class is unfit to govern ... Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men." - Lord Acton

"I just have this absolute belief that humans are moving away from cruelty and destruction towards a time when we can truly live in harmony with nature. When we understand that there is a spiritual power around us from which we can draw strength. That is where I believe human destiny ultimately is taking us. I just hope we have time." - Jane Goodall

"The River adapts itself to whatever route prove possible, but the river never forgets its one objective: the sea. So fragile at its source, it gradually gathers the strength of the other rivers in encounters. And, after a certain point, its power is absolute." - Paulo Coelho

"Natural ability and educational advantages do not figure as factors in this matter of prayer; but a capacity for faith, the power of a thorough consecration, the ability of self-littleness, an absolute losing of one's self in God's glory and an ever present and insatiable yearning and seeking after all the fullness of God." - Edward Mckendree Bounds

"An honest private man often grows cruel and abandoned when converted into an absolute prince. Give a man power of doing what he pleases with impunity, you extinguish his fear, and consequently overturn in him one of the great pillars of morality." - Joseph Addison

"Powerful, yes, that is the word that I constantly rolled on my tongue, I dreamed of absolute power, the kind that forces others tokneel, that forces the enemy to capitulate, finally converting him, and the more the enemy is blind, cruel, sure of himself, buried in his conviction, the more his admission proclaims the royalty of he who has brought on his defeat." - Albert Camus

"Realize that the Silence offers an ever available and almost unlimited opportunity for awakening the highest conception of Truth. Try to comprehend that Omnipotence itself is absolute silence; all else is change, activity, limitation. Silent thought concentration is therefore the true method of reaching, awakening and then expressing the wonderful potential power of the world within." - Charles F. Haanel

"It is bad to be oppressed by a minority, but it is worse to be oppressed by a majority. For there is a reserve of latent power in the masses which, if it is called into play, the minority can seldom resist. But from the absolute will of an entire people there is no appeal, no redemption, no refuge but treason." - Lord Acton

"God doth not govern the world only by his will as an absolute monarch, but by his wisdom and goodness as a tender father. It is not his greatest pleasure to show his sovereign power, or his inconceivable wisdom, but his immense goodness, to which he makes the other attributes subservient." - Stephen Charnock

"The secret point of money and power in America is neither the things that money can buy nor power for power's sake... but absolute personal freedom, mobility, privacy. It is the instinct which drove America to the Pacific, all through the nineteenth century, the desire to be able to find a restaurant open in case you want a sandwich, to be a free agent, live by one's own rules." - Joan Didion

"We have imagined ourselves a special creation, set apart from other humans. In the last twentieth century, we see that our povertyis as absolute as that of the poorest nations. We have attempted to deny the human condition in our quest for power after power. It would be well for us to rejoin the human race, to accept our essential poverty as a gift, and to share our material wealth with those in need." - Robert Neelly Bellah

"It is an absolute impossibility in this society to reversely sexually objectify heterosexual men, just as it is impossible for a poor person of color to be a racist. Such extreme prejudice must be accompanied by the power of society's approval and legislation. While women and poor people of color may become intolerant, personally abusive, even hateful, they do not have enough power to be racist or sexist." - Ana Castillo

"God has made no one absolute." - Owen Feltham

"absolute liberty ... tends to corrupt absolutely." - Gertrude Himmelfarb

"Om is the greatest, meaning the Absolute." - Swami Vivekananda

"The Absolute can never be thought of." - Swami Vivekananda

"Learn the absolute pleasure of kindness." - Perry Brass

"Push your limit to the absolute extreme." - Gordon Ramsay

"The right of the majority is absolute." - Benjamin Tucker

"What chiefly concerns and alarms many of us are the problems arising from religious fanaticism. As long as large numbers of militant enthusiasts are persuaded that they alone have access to the truth, and that the rest of us are infidels, we remain under threat. Lord Acton's famous phrase about power can be used of another danger. Dogma tends to corrupt, and absolute dogma corrupts absolutely." - Anthony Storr

"I believe in absolute freedom of conscience for all men and equality of all churches, all sects and all beliefs before the law as a matter of right and not as a matter of favor. I believe in the absolute separation of church and state and in the strict enforcement of the Constitution that Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof I believe that no tribunal of any church has any power to make any decree of any force in the law of the land, other than to establish the status of its own communicants within its own church." - Al Smith

"Power can corrupt, but absolute power is absolutely delightful." - Anonymous

"Absolute power does not corrupt absolutely, absolute power attracts the corruptible." - Frank Herbert

"The industry is littered with self-styled purists who believe the business of media.. the requirement to make a profit.. somehow corrupts the craft." - Lachlan Murdoch

"But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought. A bad usage can spread by tradition and imitation, even among people who should and do know better." - George Orwell

"I am still sure of absolute wrong but much less certain of absolute right." - Jill Tweedie

"Power dements even more than it corrupts, lowering the guard of foresight and raising the haste of action." - Will Durant

"Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases." - John Adams

"I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood." - Elia Kazan

"It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power." - David Brin

"It is not true that the legislator has absolute power over our persons and property, since they pre-exist, and his work is only to secure them from injury. It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our works, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things." - Frederic Bastiat

"the solution to racism lies in our ability to see its ubiquity but not to concede its inevitability. It lies in the collective and institutional power to make change, at least as much as with the individual will to change. It also lies in the absolute moral imperative to break the childish, deadly circularity of centuries of blindness to the shimmering brilliance of our common, ordinary humanity." - Patricia J. Williams

"The Church encourages those in power to be truly at the service of the common good of their peoples. She urges financial leaders to take account of ethics and solidarity. And why should they not turn to God to draw inspiration from his designs? In this way, a new political and economic mindset would arise that would help to transform the absolute dichotomy between the economic and social spheres into a healthy symbiosis." - Pope Francis

"You are the absolute creator of what happens to you. This means now. [...] There is awesome power in knowing this fact. As long as there is even one tiny part of you that thinks the world is doing it to you, the world is going to do it to you. When you know 100% that you create it, you will start influencing the world around you in a much bigger and more positive way." - Gay Hendricks

"It has often been said that power corrupts. But it is perhaps equally important to realize that weakness, too, corrupts. Power corrupts the few, while weakness corrupts the many. Hatred, malice, rudeness, intolerance, and suspicion are the faults of weakness. The resentment of the weak does not spring from any injustice done to them but from their sense of inadequacy and impotence. We cannot win the weak by sharing our wealth with them. They feel our generosity as oppression." - Eric Hoffer

"Only when creation stops can we find the Absolute. The Absolute is in the soul, not in creation. So by stopping creation, we come to know the Absolute." - Swami Vivekananda

"What is true is that the idea of power corrupts. Power corrupts most rapidly those who believe in it, and it is they who will want it most. Obviously, our democratic system tends to give power to those who hunger for it and gives every opportunity to those who don't want power to avoid getting it. Not a very satisfactory arrangement if power corrupts those who believe in it and want it." - Gregory Bateson

"Power perceived is power achieved." - Brad Thor

"Today I will run for pure, absolute joy!" - Lopez Lomong

"All your personalities are absolute cover-ups, hiding your individuality." - Rajneesh

"Everything is relative; and only that is absolute." - Auguste Comte

"Fame is an accident; merit a thing absolute." - Herman Melville

"The absolute has moved into the fortress of the absurd." - Mason Cooley

"The Absolute does not change, or re-evolve." - Swami Vivekananda

"The Absolute is the material of both God and man." - Swami Vivekananda

"The shortest route to courage is absolute ignorance." - Dan Simmons



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