Powerful leaders use their position of power to empower others.
The greatest obstacle to liberty is not the existence of evil rulers, but the belief in the existence of good rulers.
… knowing what not to know was itself indispensable knowledge.
I submit respectfully to the House as a general principle that our responsibility in this matter is directly proportionate to our power. Where there is great power there is great responsibility, where there is less power there is less responsibility, and where there is no power there can, I think, be no responsibility.
I always did whatever I liked,” she said, “but now I really can do it.
How much power is there in a thousand noisy engines? I tell you, there is more power in a single blade of grass.
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.
The cosmos does not require God, Laplace said to himself. But Emperors require Him. All those who seek to subjugate human beings in one form or another require Him. Science does not need God.
Power always and everywhere had had a pernicious, corrupting effect upon men. It “converts a good man in private life to a tyrant in office.” It acts upon men like drink: it “is known to be intoxicating in its nature”-“too intoxicating and liable to abuse.” And nothing within man is sufficiently strong to guard against these effects of power-certainly not “the united considerations of reason and religion,” for they have never “been sufficiently powerful to restrain these lusts of men.
Power is a bloody mirage. The closer you seem to get the further away it is