Power Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old power quotes, power sayings, and power proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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


Our power is in our ability to decide.     

Buckminster Fuller

Power doesn't corrupt people, people corrupt power.     

William Gaddis

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

James F. Byrnes

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


Character is power.     

Booker T. Washington

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


The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.     

J. Petit-Senn

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


The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.     

Edmund Burke

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

Abraham Lincoln

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

Power is not alluring to pure minds.     

Thomas Jefferson

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


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

George Bernard Shaw

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

John Adams

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


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

Gloria Steinem

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

Arabic Proverbs

Power is the by-product of understanding.     

Jacob Bronowski

Power? It's like a Dead Sea fruit. When you achieve it, there is nothing there.     

Harold MacMillan

The greatest power is often simple patience.     

E. Joseph Cossman

Power is neither good nor evil, but its user makes it so.     

Author Erin Hunter

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

The best people to have power are the ones who don't want it.     

Kit Harington

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.     

Honoré de Balzac

Power is not sufficient evidence of truth.     

Samuel Johnson

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

Baltasar Gracian

Power never takes a back step - only in the face of more power.      

Malcolm X