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.


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

We cannot live by power, and a culture that seeks to live by it becomes brutal and sterile. But we can die without it.      

Max Lerner

Power ought to serve as a check to power.      

John Milton

The power to do good is also the power to do harm.     

Milton Friedman

You cannot have power for good without having power for evil too. Even mother's milk nourishes murderers as well as heroes.     

George Bernard Shaw

Power corrupts, but lack of power corrupts absolutely.     

Adlai Stevenson I

Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches.     

Percy Bysshe Shelley

Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent.     

Jonathan Swift

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

Mahatma Gandhi

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

Elie Wiesel

The greatness of the man's power is the measure of his surrender.     

William Booth

People with power always take advantage of those without power.     

Christopher Pike

Power attracts the corruptible. Suspect any who seek it.     

Frank Herbert

With great power there must also come great responsibility!     

Stan Lee

And power without compassion is the worst kind of evil there is.     

E.J. Patten

Power lacks moral or principles. It only has interests.     

Horacio Castellanos Moya

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don't.      

Oskar Shindler

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

Henrik Ibsen

Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak; and that it is doing God's service when it is violating all his laws.     

John Quincy Adams

What lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.     

Aristotle