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Quotations About Power

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad man.
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton
The Life and Letters of Mandell Creighton

A friend in power is a friend lost.
Henry Brooks Adams
The Education of Henry Adams

I call the discourse of power any discourse that engenders blame, hence guilt, in its recipient.
Roland Barthes
Selected Writings

Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
Prometheus Bound

Power tires only those who do not have it.
Giulio Andreotti
Independent on Sunday

For also knowledge itself is power.
Francis Bacon
"Of Heresies"

The flesh of the weak is eaten by the strong.
Chinese proverb

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.

A tiger in a deep pit can be bullied by dogs.
Chinese proverb

No matter how much you feed a wolf, an elephant still has bigger balls.
Russian proverb