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

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

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

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

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

"Absolute power demoralizes." - Lord Acton

"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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

"A cat has absolute honesty." - Ernest Hemingway

"The Absolute cannot be divided." - Swami Vivekananda

"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

"No one can hold absolute power for long, controlled power endures." - Seneca the Younger

"No country can be called free which is governed by an absolute power; and it matters not whether it be an absolute royal power or an absolute legislative power, as the consequences will be the same to the people." - Thomas Paine

"Numerous politicians have seized absolute power and muzzled the press. Never in history has the press seized absolute power and muzzled the politicians." - David Brinkley

"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

"Absolute power can only be supported by error, ignorance and prejudice." - Lord Chesterfield

"When one reaches absolute power, one loses total contact with reality." - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"You have the absolute power to change someone's life with kindness." - Curt Mega

"The power to destroy a thing is the absolute control over it." - Frank Herbert

"Separation of church and state cannot mean an absolute separation between moral principles and political power." - Edward Kennedy

"The sword is the axis of the world and its power is absolute." - Charles De Gaulle

"The taint inherent in absolute power is not its inhumanity but its antihumanity." - Eric Hoffer

"The absolute truth is that there is no power in celebrity." - Bill Cosby

"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

"The power to think as you wish to think is the only power over which you have absolute control." - Napoleon Hill

"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

"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

"Absolute power turns its possessors not into a God but an anti-God. For God turned clay into men, while the absolute despot turns men into clay." - Eric Hoffer

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

"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

"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

"Let him leave the imperial court, who wishes to be virtuous. Virtue and absolute power cannot coexist." - Lucan

"We know that God's being is perfect, His essence infinite, His dominion absolute, His power unlimited, and His glory transcendent." - Charles Spurgeon

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

"How can a novelist achieve atonement when with her absolute power of deciding outcomes, she is also god?" - Ian Mcewan

"Master of the universe but not of myself, I am the only rebel against my absolute power." - Pierre Corneille

"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

"No human being, man, woman, or child, may safely be entrusted to the power of another; for no human being may safely be trusted with absolute power." - Suzanne La Follette

"Art is something absolute, something positive, which gives power just as food gives power. While creative science is a mental food, art is the satisfaction of the soul." - Hans Hofmann

"Art is something absolute, something positive, which gives power just as food gives power. While creative science is a mental food, art is the satisfaction of the soul." - Hans Hofmann

"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

"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

"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 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

"Speed is the absolute essence of any form of combat" - Jeff Cooper

"Dedication, absolute dedication, is what keeps one ahead!" - Bruce Lee

"War should always be the absolute last resort." - Joe Biden

"Nothing is an absolute reality, all is permitted." - Vladimir Bartol

"there is nothing so absolute as the tyranny of weakness." - Dinah Maria Murlock Craik

"Religious hatreds tend to be merciless and absolute." - Lance Morrow

"Baseball's absolute unpredictability makes amateurs of us all" - Roger Angell

"If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth." - Jill Abramson

"Absolute seriousness is never without a dash of humor." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

"If the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, It is no more Absolute; It has become finite." - Swami Vivekananda

"The absolute rule of the state shall be a function of the absolute liberty of each individual will." - Aleister Crowley

"Absolute freedom is absolute responsibility." - Ursula K Le Guin

"Internet: absolute communication, absolute isolation." - Paul Carvel

"The last thing our founding fathers wanted was to be ruled by king with absolute power, and the next to the last thing they wanted was to be ruled by a temporary king with absolute powers for four years." - Patrick Leahy

"What most of us need, almost more than anything, is the courage and humility really to ask for help, from the depths of our hearts: to ask for the compassion of the enlightened beings, to ask for purification and healing, to ask for the power to understand the meaning of our suffering and transform it; at a relative level to ask for the growth in our lives of clarity, peace, and discernment, and to ask for the realization of the absolute nature of mind that comes from merging with the deathless wisdom mind of the master." - Sogyal Rinpoche

"There are two words that, when spoken, have the most unfathomable power to completely change your life. Two words which, when they pass your lips, will be the cause of bringing absolute joy and happiness to you. Two words that will create miracles in your life. Two words that will wipe out negativity. Two words that will bring you abundance in all things. Two words which, when uttered and sincerely felt, will summon all the forces and vibrations in the Universe to move all things for you. The only thing standing between you, happiness, and the life of your dreams is two words THANK YOU!" - Rhonda Byrne

"It is also an absolute mistake to believe that the State can be anything other than a civitas diaboli if it does not resurrect itself as Imperium, and it is also a mistake to want to build the Imperium on the basis of economic, military, industrial or even 'intellectual' or nationalist factors. The Imperium, according to the primordial conception rooted in Tradition, is something transcendent, and it can only be attained by those who have the power to transcend the lives of petty men and their appetites, their sentimentalisms, their national prides, their 'values', and their phobias." - Julius Evola

"One man saying that everything is wrong can command coast-to-coast attention in living color, a power not given to an absolute monarch a century ago." - Walter Wriston

"I made mistakes. My supporters and I failed to prevent a main like [Mikhail] Saakashvili from acquiring absolute power. I should have criticized him earlier on." - Irakli Okruashvili

"Either faith in Christ can cleanse all people of their sin, or none, but not some... The truth of Christ's death, resurrection and power over sin is absolute." - Rick Perry

"God does not call men to make Jesus Lord (as though they had such power), but to live in absolute submission to the Lord He has made." - Paul Washer

"If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself." - Mikhail Bakunin

"We endow Those whom we love, in our fond, passionate blindness, With power upon our souls too absolute To be a mortal's trust." - Felicia Hemans

"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

"PLENIPOTENTIARY, adj. Having full power. A Minister Plenipotentiary is a diplomatist possessing absolute authority on condition that he never exert it." - Ambrose Bierce

"The entire history of mankind is, in any case, nothing but a prolonged fight to the death for the conquest of universal prestige and absolute power." - Albert Camus

"I think all of our human Experience shows that no one with absolute power can be trusted to give it up even in part" - Louis D Brandeis

"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

"I cannot guarantee people absolute fairness. I can only promise that I will do everything in my power to secure fairness or create a greater degree of fairness." - Martin Schulz

"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

"In a dynamic, rather than static, view of revolution, there is no absolute 'before' or 'after,' with the taking of power as the dividing line." - Paulo Freire

"If you can't trust a Methodist with absolute power to arrest people and not have to say why, then whom can you trust?" - Garrison Keillor

"The family code in Egypt is one of the worst family codes in the Arab world. Polygamy. The husband is having absolute power over the family." - Nawal El Saadawi

"Those who desire to rise as high as our human condition allows, must renounce intellectual pride, the omnipotence of clear thinking, belief in the absolute power of logic." - Alexis Carrel

"The first and absolute requirement of strategic air power in this war was control of the air in order to carry out sustained operations without prohibitive losses." - Carl Andrew Spaatz

"It is in war that the State really comes into its own: swelling in power, in number, in pride, in absolute dominion over the economy and the society." - Murray Rothbard

"God cannot approve of a system of servitude, in which the master is guilty of assuming absolute power - of assuming God's place and relation towards his fellow-men." - Gerrit Smith

"It should be remembered, as an axiom of eternal truth in politics, that whatever power in any government is independent, is absolute also." - Thomas Jefferson

"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true." - Eric Hoffer

"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

"That's what Judith Herman is saying, and she's absolutely right. Power then breeds an intensification of all because the power can never be absolute power - to some extent it's stymied - but the isolation while in power becomes even more dangerous. Think of it as a vicious circle. The power intensifies these tendencies and the tendencies become more dangerous because of the power." - Donald Trump

"The Jesuits are a MILITARY organization, not a religious order. Their chief is a general of an army, not the mere father abbot of a monastery. And the aim of this organization is power - power in its most despotic exercise - absolute power, universal power, power to control the world by the volition of a single man. Jesuitism is the most absolute of despotisms - and at the same time the greatest and most enormous of abuses." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"The object of power is power." - George Orwell

"The only thing power respects, is power." - Malcolm X



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