The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.
Knowledge is power.
Religious Meditations, Of Heresies, 1597
Increased wages, higher pensions, more unemployment insurance, all are of no avail if the purchasing power of money falls faster.
There is too much emphasis on the alleged need for more purchasing power. What the country needs stable purchasing power. Increased wages, higher pensions, more unemployment insurance, all are of no avail if the purchasing power of money falls faster.
The power of the lawyer is in the uncertainty of the law.
It is the paradox of life that the way to miss pleasure is to seek it first. The very first condition of lasting happiness is that a life should be full of purpose, aiming at something outside self. As a matter of experience, we find that true happiness comes in seeking other things, in the manifold activities of life, in the healthful outgoing of all human powers.
Culture and Restraint (1901)
Hope is the companion of power and the mother of success, for those of us who hope strongest have within us the gift of miracles.
Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.
They say that "Knowledge is power;" -- I used to think so; but I now know that they meant "money:" and when Socrates declared, "that all he knew was, that he knew nothing," he merely intended to declare , that he had not a drachm in the Athenian world.
Letter, February 6, 1822
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it.
The Contented Man
To acquire true self power you have to feel beneath no one, be immune to criticism and be fearless.
We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice.
Unless the man who works in an office is able to "sell" himself and his ideas, unless he has the power to convince others of the soundness of his convictions, he can never achieve his goal. He may have the best ideas in the world, he may have plans which would revolutionize entire industries. But unless he can persuade others that his ideas are good, he will never get the chance to put them into effect. Stripped of non-essentials, all business activity is a sales battle. And everyone in business must be a salesman.
When it is not in our power to follow what is true, we ought to follow what is most probable.
Friends are God's way of apologizing for your family.
The Power of Intention: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way
Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror and force, whether it arises under the Fascist or the Communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual.
Statement, England, September 15, 1933
This is what I found out about religion: It gives you courage to make the decisions you must make in a crisis, and then the confidence to leave the result to a higher Power. Only by trust in God can a man carrying responsibility find repose.
Conservatism stands on man’s confessed limitations; reform on his indisputable infinitude; conservatism on circumstance; liberalism on power; one goes to make an adroit member of the social frame; the other to postpone all things to the man himself.
The less government we have the better-the fewer laws and the less confided power. The antidote to this abuse of formal government is the influence of private character, the growth of the individual.
The two powers which in my opinion constitute a wise man are those of bearing and forbearing.
We have the power to do any damn fool thing we want to do, and we seem to do it about every ten minutes.
Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.
Mere goodness can achieve little against the power of nature.
In fact when I first got my Apple II the first thing I did was turn it on and off, on and off, just because I had the power to do so, which I'd never had on a computer before.
The ultimate good desired is better reached by free trade in ideas -- that the best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market, and that truth is the only ground upon which their wishes safely can be carried out.
Dissenting opinion in Abrams v. United States (1919)
All history teaches that no enemy is so insignificant as to be despised and neglected by any power, however formidable.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
A state begins to decline when it permits the immoderate aggrandizement of a rival, and a secondary power may become the arbiter of nations if it throws its weight into the balance at the proper time.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
There are two kinds of wars of expediency: first, where a powerful state undertakes to acquire natural boundaries for commercial and political reasons; secondly, to lessen the power of a dangerous rival or to prevent his aggrandizement. These last are wars of intervention; for a state will rarely singly attack a dangerous rival: it will endeavor to form a coalition for that purpose.
Art of War. Originally published in 1862.
Convictions are the mainsprings of action, the driving powers of life. What a man lives are his convictions.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you really want to test his character, give him power.
A reform is a correction of abuses, a revolution is a transfer of power.
A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.
The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.
Existing libraries, in their very being, seem to question the authority of those in power.
Index on Censorship
Because your own strength is unequal to the task, do not assume that it is beyond the powers of man; but if anything is within the powers and province of man, believe that it is within your own compass also.
Beyond the very extreme of fatigue and distress, we may find amounts of ease and power we never dreamed ourselves to own; sources of strength never taxed at all because we never push through the obstruction.
Born to Run
If all mankind minus one were of one opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind.
Higher than all reconciliation must the Will will, which the will to power is.
Thus Spoke Zarathustra
Your DNA structure is designed so the choice to function in love is the only choice that brings you fulfillment. Stress is inner biofeedback, signaling you that frequencies are fighting within your system. The purpose of stress isn't to hurt you, but to let you know it's time to go back to the heart and start loving.
The Hidden Power of the Heart
He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power.
I believe that the power to make money is a gift from God.
There’s a lot more in each of us than any of us suspects. Undoubtedly many former athletes had the power to run the four-minute mile. It was a barrier only until one man achieved it!
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
One only gets to the top rung on the ladder by steadily climbing up one at a time, and suddenly all sorts of powers, all sort of abilities which you thought never belonged to you-suddenly become within your own possibility and you think, Well, I’ll have a go, too.
Happiness is in action, and every power is intended for action; human happiness, therefore, can only be complete as all the powers have their full and legitimate play.
The philosophy of happiness, lectures on the crisis of being, and the progress of being (1869)
What we can do for another is the test of powers; what we can suffer for is the test of love.
The history of liberty is the history of the limitations on the power of the government.
At our computer club, we talked about it being a revolution. Computers were going to belong to everyone, and give us power, and free us from the people who owned computers and all that stuff.
Relationships are never about power, and one way to avoid the will to power is to choose to limit oneself - to serve.
Faith in your own powers and confidence in your individual methods are essential to success.
The origin is unclear, however it's been attributed to Roderick Stevens. At the same time, this quote appears several times at least as far back as 1917 and 1922.
By virtue of one's office.