Posts Tagged ‘power’

Quote of the day, Nov. 24

November 24, 2017

J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

“It is a curious thing, Harry, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who, like you, have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”

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Quote of the day, June 29

June 29, 2017

Ralph Waldo Emerson, on creativity

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 14

January 14, 2017

Jared Diamond, from Guns, Germs, and Steel (2005)

“Knowledge brings power. Hence writing brings power to modern societies, by making it possible to transmit knowledge with far greater accuracy and in far greater quantity and detail, from more distant lands and more remote times.”

Quote of the day, Jan. 11

January 11, 2017

Andrew Hamilton, on power (1733)

“Power may justly be compared to a great river. While kept within its due bounds it is both beautiful and useful. But when it overflows its banks, is it then too impetuous to be stemmed; it bears down all before it, and brings destruction and desolation wherever it comes.”

Quote of the day, Aug. 29

August 29, 2016

Annie Besant, on thought

“Thought is just not something objective in our heads. Thought is power—real, objective power. Moreover, the thoughts we create have a life of their own. They have a kind of material reality that affects other people for good or ill—hence our responsibility to chose.”

Quote of the day, July 31

July 31, 2016

J.K. Rowling, on the imagination

“We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2016

James Madison, on freedom

“There are more instances of the abridgement of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Quote of the day, March 3

March 3, 2014

Howard Zinn, on control of ideas (1991)

“If those in charge of our society—politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television—can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power.  (more…)

Quote of the day, Jan. 24

January 24, 2014

Carroll Quigley, on government (1976)

“The link between a society, whether it be made up of communities or individuals, and a state is this: Power rests on the ability to satisfy human needs.”

Quote of the day, July 30

July 30, 2013

Thucydides, on power

“Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.”