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A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. —Marcus Aurelius

Each individual has the seeds of virtue as well as the potential for evil. Such undesirable characteristics as passion and the desire to show off exist alongside such good qualities as sincerity, altruism, and self-sufficiency. We should take all these qualities into account when considering human nature so that we will not be disappointed. – M. Fethullah Gulen

It is natural for every person to entertain love of status and fame to some degree. If these desires are not satisfied in acceptable ways, those without self-control may harm both themselves and their community. The ambitions of such people may have to be diverted into harmless channels, otherwise their frustrated and unsatisfied desires will cause harm. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If each individual in a group tries to impose himself or herself as the only authority in a certain field and some others imitate him or her, discipline is destroyed, confusion in engendered, and the community is divided against itself. Ultimately, this destroys order due to the confusion over who is really in charge and the ensuing power struggle between the rulers and the ruled. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If the successful members of a government or efficient executives of a state or institution demand the lion’s share of benefits in consideration of their abilities, the government is paralyzed, the state collapses, and the institution descends into chaos. A government subsists on discipline particular to itself, a state is maintained by its principles, and an army is founded upon structures of command and obedience. Anything contrary to this signifies neglect of those vital elements that traditionally have ensured the cohesion of human societies. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If only people’s hearts were content with what the Sublime Creator bestows upon them! If only they would seek His Divine pleasure! Some self-seeking people turn their backs on the sun’s light and are content with the dim light of the lanterns in their hands. With these, however, they will never find the door to eternal light. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A person usually views others through the mirror of his or her spirit and sees them like himself or herself because of the stain and dirt on that mirror. Therefore, his or her judgement of others is completely wrong and unfair. Although such a sinful one with a foul spirit sees others in loss, it is himself or herself who is really in loss. – M. Fethullah Gulen

It may be harmful for some unrefined souls to satisfy their desire for prominence by seeking status. Nevertheless their pursuit of this may be a good thing, for it will prevent them from doing greater evil. For example, it is preferable for a singer who wishes to make use of his or her God-given ability to sing hymns rather than obscene songs. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Sincerity or purity of intention determines the quality of the deed and of the one who performs it, and whether or not God will accept it. However, as it is not easy for everybody to serve the faith with complete sincerity, consideration should be given to whether the good in them exceeds the evil. Many deeds performed for show, and without sincerity, should not be judged as absolutely harmful. People sometimes may contaminate their deeds by their egos and their desire, and may not always be seeking God’s approval and repenting of their mistakes. But, we have no right to claim that they are not on the side of the truth. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A man should never be judged by his skill, talent, colour, financial or political status, facial beauty and level of education but by the quality of his character. – Paul Bamikole

A man’s worth is no greater than his ambitions. – Marcus Aurelius

A man’s social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich. – F. Scott Fitzgerald 

A person can’t help their birth. – William Makepeace Thackeray

A society that does not respect women’s anger is one that does not respect women; not as human beings, thinkers, knowers, active participants, or citizens. – Soraya Chemaly

A woman is not less a human. There is no piece of literature or institution that can prove otherwise. It does not matter, the skin color, the economic status, or country of origin, a woman is a human. – Topsy Gift

Absolute power was not meant for man. – William E. Channing

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

All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities. It is not that power corrupts but that it is magnetic to the corruptible. – Frank Herbert

All human power is a compound of time and patience. – Honore de Balzac

All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society. – Edmund Burke

All the power that we exercise over others depends on the power we exercise over ourselves. – Cotvos

Ambition beats genius 99 percent of the time. – Jay Leno

Ambition is a dream with a V8 engine. – Elvis Presley

Ambition is enthusiasm with a purpose. – Frank Tyger

Ambition is the last refuge of the failure. – Oscar Wilde

Ambitions tend to remain undisturbed by realities. – Frank Herbert

An empire built on power cannot attract the affections and loyalty that men bestow willingly on a regime of ideas and beauty. – Brian Herbert

And power without compassion is the worst kind of evil there is. – E.J. Patten

Appreciate success and status thy will bestow. – Pushkar Saraf

Arbitrary power is most easily established on the ruins of liberty abused to licentiousness. – George Washington

As the determinants of high status keep shifting, so, too, naturally, will the triggers of status anxiety be altered. – Alain de Botton

Astley comes to my side. “Are you well?” “No,” I tell him, voice hoarse. “I am not well. I am broken inside. I am broken almost all-the-way deep, and I don’t know…I don’t know if I can ever be unbroken, let alone well again”. – Carrie Jones

Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny. – Jacques Maritain

Become higher or lower character figure depends on your behaviour and ability. It does not stay in your rich or powerful status. – Ehsan Sehgal

Before you chase success, status, power, wealth fame or love; first fall in love with yourself – for the person you’ll be if and when you get there is still the same. Success will be a painful path and an empty trophy without self acceptance, self worth or if littered with self hate. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher

Beware of the man who rises to power
From one suspender. – Edgar Lee Masters

Beware the power of the pajama-clad, Cheeto-eating, twitter, blogging hordes. We are legion! – Rachel Maddow

Calmness is the cradle of power. – J.G. Holland

Central to Möser’s view of the human world was “honor,” a notion that was as important to corporatist society as the notion of dignity would be for the more individualistic society that succeeded it. In Möser’s view, a person acquired his identity from his place in the institutional structure of society, a society in which economic, social, and political institutions were not distinguished from one another. His status (as a guildsman, noble landowner, serf, or independent peasant cottager) determined not only how he earned his living, but his sense of who he was, of what his duties and obligations were, of those to whom he ought to defer and those who ought to defer to him. (In the language of modern sociology, Möser’s society was one in which almost all of the individual’s roles derived from a single status.) Who one was was largely a continuation of what one’s forebears had been. For Möser the real self was the socially encumbered self, the self based on status, on historical and regional particularity, and on property. It was a self whose prime virtue was honor. Status and the honor that attached to it were inherited, although they could be lost if one failed to live up to the duties of one’s rank. – Jerry Z. Muller

Character is power. – Booker T. Washington

Common man’s philosophies arise from the social status and affordability of people. Great personalities become prominent because they can break the barriers. – Pawan Kumar Tiwari

Consuelo was correct: marrying for money alone was not ideal. Alva hoped for status, too – though not for the reasons her mother had sought it, self-importance and admiration. Status gave a woman more control over her existence, more protection from being battered about by others’ whims or life’s caprices. – Therese Anne Fowler

Demaratus, being asked in a troublesome manner by an importunate fellow, Who was the best man in Lacedaemon? answered at last, ‘He, Sir, that is the least like you’. – Plutarch

Do not judge a man by where he stands, but how he reached there. – Raheel Farooq

Do not mistake the rule of force for true power. Men are not shaped by force. – Euripides

Do the thing and you will have the power. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t be afraid to be ambitious about your goals. Hard work never stops. Neither should your dreams. – Dwayne Johnson

Don’t ever think that life is unfair. People may be different in status and identity, but what matters most is your personality. God created all humans with equal love and attention. In times that you think you are alone, remember that He is always there for you. He will never leave you because He loves you. Always bear in mind that all of us are His children and He is our father. And in times of need, hold on to Him because He will never let you suffer. Even though life varies in some circumstances, all will experience a composition of victory and failure. Victory as a reward and failure as a lesson. If you are born poor, do everything to achieve your dreams and strive for success. If you are born rich, be charitable to others and keep your feet on the ground. Everyone is special. Everyone is unique. Everyone is blessed. But not everyone knows how to value it. Be the best that you can become, always acquire happiness and live your life to the fullest! – Joe Mari Fadrigalan

Don’t hang out with people who are:
or make you feel…
Uncomfortable – Germany Kent

Don’t trust children with edge tools. Don’t trust man, great God, with more power than he has until he has learned to use that little better. What a hell we should make of the world if we could do what we would! – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ego serves me well when I surrender the need to be right, to win, feel superior or seek approval. Let me see past what might be called failings, achievement or status…so that I may know many hearts and love unconditionally. – Joy Ross

Even your status message is a status. It reveals the state of your mind. – Olawale Daniel

Every man wants to be appreciated, so do not just commend your secretary, commend your wife at home too
The world judges people by money and status in the society, educational achievements, even racial background, this is unfortunate. – Sunday Adelaja

Extensive powers not exercised as far as was necessary have, I believe, scarcely ever failed to ruin the possessor. – George Washington

Far from rejecting outright any hierarchy of success or failure, philosophy instead reconfigures the judging process, lending legitimacy to theidea that themainstream value system may unfairly consign some people to disgrace and others to respectability. – Alain de Botton

For the powerful, crimes are those that others commit. – Noam Chomsky

God made every man to have power to be mightier than the events round about him; to hold by his firm will the reigns by which all things are guided. – Henry Ward Beecher

Have you never thought how danger must surround power as shadow does light? – Ursula K. Le Guin

He couldn’t shame his father; they hadn’t raised him that way. And the blood of the revolution didn’t run in his veins. He would have to bury his heart. – Lena Manta

He offered her power, money, status…
a giant prison, all in exchange
for only…her soul. – Jamie Weise

He who always plays for power will often stand on the neck of one person to reach his arms around the neck of another. – Lewis F. Korns

He who looks for great power searches for perils. – Edward Counsel

Hero’ is not an official status or designation, but if the world recognize you as a hero, it is the highest honor you will ever receive. – Amit Kalantri

I can tell you right now where you’re going to end up: somewhere in the middle, with the rest of us. Does it really matter exactly where? People get to places like Yale and think that they’ve “arrived,” only to discover that there are still other places to arrive at, and other places after that, and so on and so forth in an infinite recession, like the vista in a double mirror. – William Deresiewicz

I could go into their reality any time I chose to, but they could never come into mine. This is what I called ‘helping’ them. – Agnostic Zetetic

I have observed that in process of becoming ultra rich & famous individual, most of them at later years in life dies of emotional poverty. – Aditya Ajmera

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. – Thomas Jefferson

I love power. But it is as an artist that I love it. I love it as a musician loves his violin, to draw out its sounds and chords and harmonies. – Napoleon Bonaparte

I think if you maintain a force in the world that comes into people’s sleep, you are exercising a meaningful power. – Don DeLillo

If any man is rich and powerful he comes under the law of God by which the higher branches must take the burnings of the sun, and shade those that are lower; by which the tall trees must protect the weak plants beneath them. – Henry Ward Beecher

If one holds a high status; it has, after all, an ending; however, the best and worst deeds of it stay in its credit forever. – Ehsan Sehgal

If only we were all better educated. If then, higher education would at last be a journey for skill and knowledge rather than for power and status. – Criss Jami

If people don’t think they have the power to solve their problems, they won’t even think about how to solve them. – Saul Alinsky

If power is for sale, sell your mother to buy it. You can always buy her back again. – Arabic Proverbs

If you are to stay in the good graces of the powerful, you had best, however unobtrusively, please the servants of the powerful. – Samuel R. Delany

If you are working on the very high altitude summit of Mauna Kea, then you have the secret company status of ‘Disposable Worker’. – Steven Magee

If you can abuse your power you have too much. – Marty Rubin

If you can dispense with reputation, then you are free from care. Reputation is only a visitor, but reality is here to stay. – Liezi

If you refuse to accept what is, and choose to see what could be, then you set a course for yourself that makes others take notice of you, respect you, revere you. It is then that they become objects of your destiny instead of you playing a support role in theirs. – A.J. Darkholme

If you were handed power on a plate you’d be left fighting over a plate. – Tom Stoppard

In a massive, long-term study of 17,000 civil servants, an almost unbelievable conclusion emerged: the status of a person’s job was more likely to predict their likelihood of a heart attack than obesity, smoking or high blood pressure. – Matt Ridley

In a world of knowledge and expertise, fame and fortune, status and ranks….nothing has the power to affect change as much as love and compassion. – KA Chinery

In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. – Leo Tolstoy

In spite of so many religions, justice is still a status in their holy books – Sir P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

In the race of life, of death, no runner is ahead, no runner behind. – Marty Rubin

Indeed, feeling, thought, and status becomes changed with time; however, nature and character stay the same in various forms, no matter what and how life proceeds. – Ehsan Sehgal

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings. – Salvador Dalí

It is a grand thing to rise in the world. The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth. It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement. – Anthony Trollope

It is a mistake, that a lust for power is the mark of a great mind; for even the weakest have been captivated by it; and for minds of the highest order, it has no charms. – Charles Caleb Colton

It is according to how we are able to answer the question of what we do (normally the first enquiry we will have to field in any new acquaintance) that the quality of our reception is likely to be decided. – Alain de Botton

It is as simple as that. Birds fly because they have wings and so when you can’t grow the wings, you can’t be called a bird. Leaders make impacts because they create new ideas and so if you can’t think of any new innovative ideas, you can’t be a leader. – Israelmore Ayivor

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

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 typical for implicit status hierarchies of influence and esteem to emerge in interpersonal encounters, especially those that are goal oriented. – Susan T. Fiske

It is what they did with their time that handed them that status they have in life today – Sunday Adelaja

It is wiser to love who you are than what you want. – Rasheed Ogunlaru

It’s true what they say, that words are the true weapons. Those who fight with steel are limited to the strength of their arm, the reach of their blade, and the timing of their strike; but those who fight with persuasion know no limits – not time, nor status, nor chance. – A.J. Darkholme

It’s not what you do but that kind of job you do that makes the difference. – Ben Carson

Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great. – Mark Twain

Kindness is an extraordinary moment and status even if it has to be pretending. – M.F. Moonzajer

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. – Lao-Tzu

Knowledge is power. – Francis Bacon

Life is a search after power; and this is an element with which the world is so saturated — there is no chink or crevice in which it is not lodged — that no honest seeking goes unrewarded. A man should prize events and possessions as the ore in which this fine mineral is found; and he can well afford to let events and possessions, and the breath of the body go, if their value has been added to him in the shape of power. If he have secured the elixir, he can spare the wide gardens from which it was distilled. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life takes on meaning when you become motivated, set goals and charge after them in an unstoppable manner. – Les Brown

Little brother,” Balekin says without waiting to be acknowledged. He wears the chained cuffs on his wrists as though they are bracelets, as though they add to his status instead of marking him as a prisoner. – Holly Black

Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. – Tao Te Ching

Men in great place are thrice servants; servants of the sovereign state, servants of fame, and servants of business; so as they have no freedom, neither in their persons, nor in their actions, nor in their times. It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty; or to seek power over others, and to lose power over a man’s self. – John Locke

Men in power are always interested in greater power. – Dan Brown

Men in power have no opinions, but may be had cheap for any opinion, for any purpose — and if it be only a question between the most civil and the most forcible, I lean to the last. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mohammad never assigned himself a status more than a common man and a messenger of God. People had faith in him when he was surrounded by poverty and adversity and trusted him while he was the ruler of a great Empire. He was a man of spotless character who always had confidence in himself and in God’s help. No aspect of his life remained hidden nor was his death a mysterious event. – M.H. Hyndman

Money can’t buy happiness but it can buy a huge yacht that sails right next to it. – David Lee Roth

Money is precisely an object whose status depends on how we ‘think’ about it: if people no longer treat this piece of metal as money, if they no longer ‘believe’ in it as money, it no longer is money. – Slavoj Žižek

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power. – Seneca

Most universities are no longer temples of knowledge, but of power, and true moderns worship there. – Dean Koontz

My life began by flickering out. It may sound strange but it is so. From the very first moment I became conscious of myself, I felt that I was already flickering out. I began to flicker out over the writing of official papers at the office; I went on flickering out when I read truths in books which I did not know how to apply in life, when I sat with friends listening to rumours, gossip, jeering, spiteful, cold, and empty chatter, and watching friendships kept up by meetings that were without aim or affection; I was flickering out and wasting my energies with Minna on whom I spent more than half of my income, imagining that I loved her; I was flickering out when I walked idly and dejectedly along Nevsky Avenue among people in raccoon coats and beaver collars – at parties, on reception days, where I was welcomed with open arms as a fairly eligible young man; I was flickering out and wasting my life and mind on trifles moving from town to some country house, and from the country house to Gorokhovaya, fixing the arrival of spring by the fact that lobsters and oysters had appeared in the shops, of autumn and winter by the special visiting days, of summer by the fêtes, and life in general by lazy and comfortable somnolence like the rest. … Even ambition – what was it wasted on? To order clothes at a famous tailor’s? To get an invitation to a famous house? To shake hands with Prince P.? And ambition is the salt of life! Where has it gone to? Either I have not understood this sort of life or it is utterly worthless; but I did not know of a better one. No one showed it to me. – Ivan Goncharov

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln

Never look down on someone because God himself does not do so. No matter what defines the status, nationality or gender of a person, once God’s spirit is in him/her, he or she becomes a complete creature with complete potentials! – Israelmore Ayivor

Nip the shoots of arbitrary power in the bud, is the only maxim which can ever preserve the liberties of any people. – John Adams

Nothing in the world is more haughty than a man of moderate capacity when once raised to power. – Baron W

Nothing is more untrue than the famous saying of an ancient historian, that power is retained by the same arts by which it is acquired; untrue at least for men, though truer in the case of nations. – Lord Acton

Nothing unmasks a man like his use of power. – Elbert Hubbard

Now there is a source of future weakness in the idea of power assumed only for a term limited and defined. A Parliament near its end becomes helpless and unable to act. When the period fixed, or supposed to be fixed, is approaching, power will slip away. Disappointed people, men impatient of having to wait, hungry, jealous, reluctant supporters, will gravitate in other directions, will promote rivalry, will speed the parting chief, will magnify the rising sun. – Lord Acton

O how feeble is man’s power,
That if good fortune fall,
Cannot add another hour,
Nor a lost hour recall! – John Donne

Of the exercise of a right power may deprive me; of the right itself, never. – Voltairine de Cleyre

Once an individual shines bright walking in average light to some may appear as dim surroundings.. – Victoria Addino

Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back. – Carl Sagan

One may gain respect, with its status or wealth. However, the respect, qualified with character and conduct, prevails, and fragrances. –  Ehsan Sehgal

One of the things about powerful people is they have the ability to make it look easy. – Ice-T

Orators are most vehement when they have the weakest cause, as men get on horseback when they cannot walk. – Cicero

Our power is in our ability to decide. – Buckminster Fuller

Our society has made it extremely difficult for those living with the virus to declare their status – Oche Otorkpa

Passion is that drive, that self-confidence, that enthusiasm that makes one to resist every obstacle that attempts to stop him from attaining his ultimate status in life and guides him to keep trying till the harvest time is due. – Israelmore Ayivor

People don’t love people, people love people’s status. – Shakena Morgan

People respond more to the authority of status, than the authority of truth. – A.J. Darkholme

People who hold important positions in society are commonly labelled “somebodies,” and their inverse “nobodies”-both of which are, of course, nonsensical descriptors, for we are all, by necessity, individuals with distinct identities and comparable claims on existence. Such words are nevertheless an apt vehicle for conveying the disparate treatment accorded to different groups. Those without status are all but invisible: they are treated brusquely by others, their complexities trampled upon and their singularities ignored. – Alain de Botton

People with power and means would always take advantage of those without them. – David Baldacci

People with real power never fear of losing it. People with control think of little else. – Joseph Hill Whedon

Perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who … have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well. – J. K. Rowling

Philosophy, art, politics, religion and bohemia have never sought to do away entirely with the status hierarchy; they have attemptee, rather, to institute new kinds of hierarchies based on sets of values unrecognised by, and critical of, those of the majority.. They have provided us with persuasive and consoling reminders that there is more than one way of succeeding in life. – Alain de Botton


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Power — the great power that shattered lives and twisted the course of nations — was like a fog over a meadow at evening. From any distance, it seemed to have a shape, a substance, a color, an edge, yet as you approached it, it seemed to recede before you. Finally, when common sense said you were at its very center, it still seemed just as far away, only by this time it was on all sides, obscuring any vision of the world beyond it…. Was this phenomenon … the reason why such men, who were truly concerned with the workings of power, chose to stay away from its center, so that they might never lose sight of power’s contours? – Samuel R. Delany

Power acquired by guilt was never used for a good purpose. – Cornelius Tacitus

Power always sincerely, conscientiously, de trés bon foi, believes itself right. Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views, beyond the comprehension of the weak. – John Adams

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak. – John Adams

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect all who seek it. – Frank Herbert

Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the one derived from fear of punishment. – Mahatma Gandhi

Power can be taken, but not given. The process of the taking is empowerment in itself. – Gloria Steinem

Power ceases in the instant of repose; it resides in the moment of transition from a past to a new state, in the shooting of the gulf, in the darting to an aim. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Power deludes the ones who wield it. – Brian Herbert & Kevin James Anderson

Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true. – Honore de Balzac

Power does not corrupt men; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. – George Bernard Shaw

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts. Perhaps the fear of a loss of power. – John Steinbeck

Power doesn’t always roar…The art of exerting power is an art used in doses – the more hidden it is the more effective. – Ziad K. Abdelnour

Power doesn’t corrupt people, people corrupt power. – William Gaddis

Power gradually extirpates for the mind every humane and gentle virtue. – Edmund Burke

Power has only one duty — to secure the social welfare of the People. – Benjamin Disraeli

Power intoxicates men. When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers. – James F. Byrnes

Power is a word the meaning of which we do not understand. – Leo Tolstoy

Power is all. Another falsification; I do not tell how I gain or maintain it. I only record the ginger stroll through the vaguely fetid garden of its rewards. – Samuel R. Delany

Power is ever stealing from the many to the few; the manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day, or it is rotten. – Wendell Phillips

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare! – Fyodor Dostoevsky

Power is just using energy in a wise way to get things done. Power has been misinterpreted to mean getting my way on the backs of other people. Getting whatever I want, forgetting that there are other beings and species and energies involved. – Elizabeth Lesser

Power is more firmly secured by treating our equals with justice, than if, elated by present prosperity, we attempt to enlarge it at every risk. – Thucydides

Power is neither good nor evil, but its user makes it so. – Author Erin Hunter

Power is not alluring to pure minds. – Thomas Jefferson

Power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society. – Michel Foucault

Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have. – Saul Alinsky

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. – Honore de Balzac

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth. – Samuel Johnson

Power is of two kinds. One is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent then the one derived from fear of punishment. – Mohandas Gandhi

Power is superior to mere literature. – Pope Gregory I

Power is the by-product of understanding. – Jacob Bronowski

Power is the exercise of superior force against a body that resists. Suppress the idea of resistance, and the idea of power disappears. – Sabine Baring-Gould

Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. – Henry Kissinger

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t. – Oskar Shindler

Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests. – Horacio Castellanos Moya

Power makes you a monarch, and all the fancy robes in the world won’t do the job without it. – Laurell K. Hamilton

Power needs ideas and legitimation the way a conventional bank needs investment policies and the confidence of its depositors. Rulers are always few in number and could never obtain compliance if each command were purely random and had to be backed by force sufficient to compel obedience. Likewise, banks rely on the confidence of their depositors, which allows them to retain only a small fraction of their assets in liquid funds in order to meet the expected rate of withdrawal by depositors. All is well as long as depositors believe that the bank will cash their checks on demand, and part of that trust depends on a vague knowledge about the bank’s adherence to certain accepted business standards. In the nation-state, all is well as long as citizens believe that the government knows what it is about, has the ability to deliver on some of its promises, and has sufficient force to back up its commands when necessary…. Legitimation achieves what power alone cannot, for it establishes the belief in the rightness of rule which, as long as it endures, precludes massive challenges. – Reinhard Bendix

Power never takes a back step – only in the face of more power. – Malcolm X

Power revealed is power sacrificed…. The truly powerful exert their influence in ways unseen, unfelt. Some would say that a thing visible is a thing vulnerable. – Guillermo Del Toro

Power seems to confer on its possessor a mantle of superiority, specialness, and sexual potency, which the envious person desperately wants because he feels himself on some level to be inferior, unimportant, and impotent. – Alexander Lowen

Power should act and not talk. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Power should answer by action, not by speech. – Austin O’Malley

Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely. – Lord Acton

Power tends to isolate those who hold too much of it. Eventually, they lose touch with reality … and fall. – Frank Herbert

Power tires only those who do not have it. – Giulio Andreotti

Power unsubjected to the control of virtue is a poor guardian of civil liberty. – John Peter Zenger

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.  – Charles Caleb Colton

Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. – Charles Caleb Colton

Power, like a desolating pestilence,
Pollutes whate’er it touches. – Percy Bysshe Shelley

Power, like the diamond, dazzles the beholder, and also the wearer; it dignifies meanness; it magnifies littleness; to what is contemptible, it gives authority; to what is low, exaltation. To acquire it, appears not more difficult than to be dispossessed of it when acquired, since it enables the holder to shift his own errors on dependents, and to take their merits to himself. But the miracle of losing it vanishes, when we reflect that we are as liable to fall as to rise, by the treachery of others; and that to say “I am” is language that has been appropriated exclusively to God! – Charles Caleb Colton

Power, like vanity, is insatiable. Nothing short of omnipotence could satisfy it completely. – Bertrand Russell

Power? It’s like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there. – Harold MacMillan

Power–a currency that never went out of style. – Dan Simmons

Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind. – Ayn Rand

Selection shapes brains that maximize the number of offspring who survive to reproduce themselves. This is very different from maximizing health or longevity. It is also different from maximizing matings. That is why organisms do things other than having sex. Especially humans. Having the most offspring requires allocating plenty of thought and action to getting resources other than mates and matings, especially social resources, such as friends and status. Everyone else is doing the same thing, creating constant conflict, cooperation, and vast social complexity whose comprehension requires a huge brain. – Randolph M. Nesse

Silence is the ultimate weapon of power. – Charles de Gaulle

Simplicity and humility, not power or status, will bring you joy and happiness. – Debasish Mridha

So long as a man’s power, that is, his capacity to realize what he has in mind, is bound to the goal, to the work, to the calling, it is, considered in itself, neither good nor evil, it is only a suitable or unsuitable instrument. But as soon as this bond with the goal is broken off or loosened, and the man ceases to think of power as the capacity to do something, but thinks of it as a possession, that is, thinks of power in itself, then his power, being cut off and self-satisfied, is evil; it is power withdrawn from responsibility, power which betrays the spirit, power in itself. – Martin Buber

So long as there is an uneasy class, a class which has not its just power, it will rashly clutch and blindly believe the notion that all men should have the same power. – Walter Bagehot

Some people think they can find satisfaction in good food, fine clothes, lively music, and sexual pleasure. However, when they have all these things, they are not satisfied. They realize happiness is not simply having their material needs met. Thus, society has set up a system of rewards that go beyond material goods. These include titles, social recognition, status, and political power, all wrapped up in a package called self-fulfillment. Attracted by these prizes and goaded on by social pressure, people spend their short lives tiring body and mind to chase after these goals. Perhaps this gives them the feeling that they have achieved something in their lives, but in reality they have sacrificed a lot in life. They can no longer see, hear, act, feel, or think from their hearts. Everything they do is dictated by whether it can get them social gains. In the end, they’ve spent their lives following other people’s demands and never lived a life of their own. How different is this from the life of a slave or a prisoner? – Liezi

Statistics show that the nature of English crime is reverting to its oldest habits. In a country where so many desire status and wealth, petty annoyances can spark disproportionately violent behaviour. We become frustrated because we feel powerless, invisible, unheard. We crave celebrity, but that’s not easy to come by, so we settle for notoriety. Envy and bitterness drive a new breed of lawbreakers, replacing the old motives of poverty and the need for escape. But how do you solve crimes which no longer have traditional motives? – Christopher Fowler

Violence Against Women Don't Look Away Help LookStatus is a funny thing. Money gets you stuff, at least. Status doesn’t get you much except the knowledge that you have it. And while money may not make you happy, it is easy to imagine someone who decides they have enough. With status, you can never have enough. It is comparative and competitive, by its very nature. It doesn’t just not make you happy: it actively makes you unhappy. You want to make it to the top? There is no top. However high you climb, there is always somebody above you. – William Deresiewicz

Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart will allow you to float equally between everyone. – Mitch Albom

Status, as in any traditional, class-conscious society, declines more slowly than wealth. – Mohsin Hamid

Status: the perpetual carrot that entices us from the front and prods us in the back. – Fennel Hudson

That delicious moment when you realize people are reading your updates when they update their status with terms that only you know how to use them. – Ana Claudia Antunes

The Age of Reason has turned out to be the Age of Structure; a time when, in the absence of purpose, the drive for power as a value in itself has become the principal indicator of social approval. And the winning of power has become the measure of social merit. – John Ralston Saul

The best guarantee against the abuse of power consists in the freedom, the purity, and the frequency of popular elections. – John Quincy Adams

The best people to have power are the ones who don’t want it. – Kit Harington

The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. – Mahatma Gandhi

The depositary of power is always unpopular. – Benjamin Disraeli

The desire for high status is never stronger than in situations where “ordinary” life fails to answer a median need for dignity and comfort. – Alain de Botton

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall. – Francis Bacon

The fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratical council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor. Equally arbitrary, cruel, bloody, and in every respect diabolical. – John Adams

The great fish swallow up the small; and he who is most strenuous for the rights of the people, when vested with power, is as eager after the prerogatives of government. – Abigail Adams

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. – Henrik Ibsen

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. – Edmund Burke

The greatest power is often simple patience. – E. Joseph Cossman

The greatest sin a man or woman can commit is the abuse of power. – Joe Biden

The impulse of power is to turn every variable into a constant, and give to commands the inexorableness and relentlessness of laws of nature. Hence 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

The jaws of power are always open to devour, and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing. – John Adams

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it. – J. Petit-Senn.

The lion does not need the whole world to fear him, only those nearest where he roams. – A.J. Darkholme

The love of power is the demon of all men. – Tongayi Arnold Chirisa 

The measure of a man is what he does with power. – Plato

The most awful thing about power is not that it corrupts absolutely but that it makes people so utterly boring, so predictable. – Chinua Achebe

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker

The most important thing about power is to make sure you don’t have to use it. – Edwin Land

The need to exert power, when thwarted in the open fields of life, is the more likely to assert itself in trifles. – Charles Horton Cooley

The object of power is power. – George Orwell

The only way we succeed as a group is not simply following directions, but in keeping each other accountable for our actions. – A.J. Darkholme

The poor will provide you what they don’t have and what you need while the rich will give you what they have and what you want. – Lik Hock Yap Ivan

The position of a hero is not for the comparision, it is a reference point – Amit Kalantri

The position they occupy in life, the status they have, the class, the political status is not the main difference between people – Sunday Adelaja

The power of a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding. – Black Elk

The power to cause pain is the only power that matters, the power to kill and destroy, because if you can’t kill then you are always subject to those who can, and nothing and no one will ever save you. – Orson Scott Card

The rationale that etiquette should be eschewed because it fosters inequality does not ring true in a society that openly admits to a feverish interest in the comparative status-conveying qualities of sneakers. Manners are available to all, for free. – Judith Martin

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. – Baltasar Gracian

The spell of power never quite releases its hold. – Isaac Asimov

The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napoleon Hill

The steps of power are often steps on sand. – Edward Counsel

The strong will always rule the weak. – A.J. Darkholme

The supreme power tends to fall into the hands of men of the keenest intelligence and the most unscrupulous character. – Sir James George Frazer 

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. – James Madison

The usefulness or otherwise of wealth, status and power to a possessor depends only on a single factor: the nature and strength of his reason. – Thiruman Archunan

The weak and insipid white wine makes at length excellent vinegar. – William Shenstone

The whole problem is that I have forgotten… everything and everyone. – Deyth Banger

The world more often rewards outward signs of merit than merit itself. – La Rochefoucaul

There is nothing wrong with thinking of ways to acquire wealth, get richer, and move up in the world. We should always strive to do better things and improve our status in society. – Dr Prem Jagyasi

There’s nothing wrong with accumulating wealth, receiving recognition for your efforts, and having some power and status–what’s wrong is when you think that’s who you are. – Morton Shaevitz

There’s something satisfying to proclaiming humility while knowing just how important you truly are. – Michael R. Fletcher

These words, wrung from the very depths of his soul, surprised even Seigen himself. He had not risen in the world merely in order to satisfy his ambition, but in order to repudiate hierarchical society and the fixed class system. – Takayuki Yamaguchi

These… things, householder, are welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world:

Long life is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.
Beauty is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.
Happiness is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.
Status is welcome, agreeable, pleasant, & hard to obtain in the world.

…Now, I tell you, these… things are not to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes. If they were to be obtained by reason of prayers or wishes, who here would lack them? It’s not fitting for the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life to pray for it or to delight in doing so. Instead, the disciple of the noble ones who desires long life should follow the path of practice leading to long life. In so doing, he will attain long life… [Ittha Sutta, AN 5.43]  – Gautama Buddha

Those who cannot win trophies and medals, they create status symbols for themselves. – Amit Kalantri

To claim power over what you do not understand is not wise, nor is the end of it likely to be good. – Ursula K. Le Guin

To come under siege … was the inevitable fate of power. – Frank Herbert

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it: the pains of power are real, its pleasures imaginary. – Charles Caleb Colton

To pace about, looking to obtain status, looking to attain ‘importance’ – I can think of nothing more ridiculous. – Soren Kierkegaard

To say that force may sometimes be necessary is not a call to cynicism — it is a recognition of history; the imperfections of man and the limits of reason. – Barack Obama

True Friends look at you with no judgment in their eyes, they know you’ve made mistakes but they accept you for being human and help you right the wrongs – vergi crush

True power comes when others offer it to you and you merely accept it as a gift, not as the spoils of some personal war. – Laurell K. Hamilton

Two hungry wolves let loose among sheep are not more harmful then a person craving after wealth and status is to his Deen (Religion). – al-Haafidh ibn Rajab al-Hanbalee

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. – Elie Weisel

Unlimited power should not be trusted in the hands of anyone who is not endued with a perfection more than human. – James Veitch

Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. – Paulo Freire

We are all dust passing through the air, the difference is, some are flying high in the sky, while others are flying low. But eventually, we all settle on the same ground. – Anthony Liccione

We are tempted to believe that certain achievements and possessions will give us enduring satisfaction. We are invited to imagine ourselves scaling the steep cliff face of happiness in order to reach a wide, high plateau on which we will live out the rest of our lives; we are not reminded that soon after gaining the summit, we will be called down again into fresh lowlands of anxiety and desire. – Alain de Botton

We are the same, you and I. Whether samurai or night-hawk, the Suruga Dainagon or member of the Toudouza, it makes no difference. My sword is the proof…. – Takayuki Yamaguchi

We each appear to hold within ourselves a range of divergent views as to our native qualities.. And amid such uncertainty, we typically turn to the wider world to settle the question of our significance.. we seem beholden to affections of others to endure ourselves. – Alain de Botton

We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. – George Orwell

We never get far from wealth and all of its masks when we deal with power. – Frank Herbert

We try to hard. Try to be happy, successful and popular. Trying and striving creates the sense of not having enough, thus you can never have what you strive for. – Pelle Skogsberg

Wealth was the short beer of existence. Power was champagne. – Stephen King

What is evil?-Whatever springs from weakness. – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

What kind of power was it if it would never be used? – Chinua Achebe

What makes a man worthy and that which gives him worth is not tittle and status, it is the mere fact that he is human being, created in God’s own image. – Sunday Adelaja

What separates us into engineers and robots, puppeteers and puppets, kings and pawns, is not the status we hold at any given time among others – status is irrelevant; it is the level of ever-present awareness we have of a grey-matter tailor’s tools [of flattery, persuasion, and cunning.] – A.J. Darkholme

When I look at a person, I see a person – not a rank, not a class, not a title. – Criss Jami

When we see a great man desiring power instead of his real goal we soon recognize that he is sick, or more precisely that his attitude to his work is sick. He overreaches himself, the work denies itself to him, the incarnation of the spirit no longer takes place, and to avoid the threat of senselessness he snatches after empty power. This sickness casts the genius on to the same level as those hysterical figures who, being by nature without power, slave for power, in order that they may enjoy the illusion that they are inwardly powerful, and who in this striving for power cannot let a pause intervene, since a pause would bring with it the possibility of self-reflection and self-reflection would bring collapse. – Martin Buber

When your status is high, your life is standard, and you can do all the things that you want, and then, without any doubt, everyone’s love will become the factual truth. Otherwise, it is only in romance books, films, and dreams. The genuine love to find is as you are going to find Romeo and Juliet that does not exist today. – Ehsan Sehgal

Where there is power, there is resistance. – Michel Foucault

Where wealth and status are concerned, shit isn’t supposed to be hard. Ivies are known for grade inflation” – though there is a lot of work, the reward for a mediocre job at completing it is still usually an A. In any given corporation, the higher the role and pay, the less that person actually does. CEOs who get fired for sucking at their jobs and losing a shit-ton of money are often given multi-million dollar golden parachutes.” It was kinda the same with this frat; we were the best, so we did the least. – A.D. Aliwat

Why do people get so caught up in their own senseless struggle for status that they forget to enjoy the beauty in others? – Jennifer Ryan

Why do you like Hugh better? Because he is a Viscount?’
‘Well, that’s one reason,’ I admitted, without any false shame. Respect for degree was in my blood and I didn’t think of it as snobbery. – L.P. Hartley

With great power there must also come great responsibility! – Stan Lee

Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Words frequently surrender power to the opposer. – Edward Counsel

You can see here how a misstep anywhere along this chain can derail us. – David Amerland

You gain power by pretending to be weak. – Chuck Palahniuk

You have seen power in its various forms–a benign deity, when exercised in the suppression of fraud, injustice, and tyranny, but a demon, when united with unbounded ambition–a wide-wasting fury, who has destroyed her thousands. Not an age of the world but has produced characters, to which whole human hecatombs have been sacrificed. – Abigail Adams

You see what power is holding someone else’s fear in your hand and showing it to them. – Amy Tan

Your ladyship,” I said, trying to keep the irritation from my voice. Before his death, the king tasked me with taking the princesses to safety.”
And the queen tasked me likewise.”
Now that I’m here, I release you from your duty.”
I release you from yours.” Her tone turned to iron. She had authority over me, and I had none over her. And we both knew it – Jody Hedlund

Your position may be highly powerful, but you will be a hero only when you are highly respected. – Amit Kalantri

your wealth and so called status can not earn real respect for you in the society , if you are characterless (have no purity). – Tayyab Nawaz Sulehri

Your wealth or status doesn’t make you. Your kindness and character does. – Venkat Desireddy

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