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. There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de très bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak.
Speak truth to power.
A right , in the abstract, is a fact ; it is not a thing to be given, established, or conferred; it is. Of the exercise of a right power may deprive me; of the right itself, never.
Power expands through the distribution of secrecy.
It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.demosthenes
The problem with power is that people pay attention to it, and it's very easy to get beside yourself and use it in the wrong way.
Where love rules, there is no will to power; and where power predominates, there love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.carl jung
Him I would call the powerful one who controls the storms of his mind.
Every Communist must grasp the truth: "Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun."
The function of the law is not to provide justice or to preserve freedom. The function of the law is to keep those who hold power, in power.gerry spence
Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.Woodrow Wilson
Without his rod revers'd, And backward mutters of dissevering power.john milton
I greatly doubt whether the men who become pirate chiefs are those who are filled with retrospective terror of their fathers, or whether Napoleon, at Austerlitz, really felt that he was getting even with Madame Mère. I know nothing of the mother of Attila, but I rather suspect that she spoilt the little darling, who subsequently found the world irritating because it sometimes resisted his whims.bertrand russell
If you want to discover just what there is in a man give him power.