|Is it not better to use what is in thy power like a free man than to desire in a slavish and abject way what is not in thy power?|
And makes mere sots of magistrates;
The fumes of it invade the brain,
And make men giddy, proud, and vain;
By this the fool commands the wise,
The noble with the base complies,
The sot assumes the rule of wit,
And cowards make the base submit.
– Samuel Butler (1612) (1612-1680)
|Counterpart to the knee-jerk liberal is the new knee-pad conservative, always groveling before the rich and powerful.
– Edward Abbey (1927-1989)
|The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted.|
|Education on the value of free speech and the other freedoms reserved by the Bill of Rights, about what happens when you don’t have them, and about how to exercise and protect them, should be an essential prerequisite for being an American citizen – or indeed a citizen of any nation, the more so to the degree that such rights remain unprotected. If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power. But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.
– Carl Sagan (1934-1996)
|Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.|
|Power tends to Corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men. . .There is no worse heresy than that the office santifies the holder of it.
– Lord Acton (1834-1902)
|The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.|
|The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.
– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
|Where love rules, there is no will to power, and where power predominates, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other.
– Carl Jung (1875-1961)
|It is an observation no less just than common that there is no stronger test of a man’s real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.