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Thoughts on power

Published: Nov 28, 2015 06:19:06 AM IST
Updated: Nov 28, 2015 08:48:05 AM IST
Thoughts on power
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“There are two kinds of power. One is obtained by the fear of punishment, and the other by acts of love.”
—Mahatma Gandhi
“I love being at the centre of things.”  
—Margaret Thatcher
“Leadership is not about being nice. It’s about being right and being strong.”
—Paul Keating

“There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.”
—Lord Acton
“Power should always be distrusted, in whatever hands it is placed.”
—Sir William Jones
“Where there is power, there is resistance.”
—Michel Foucault
“Men in great place are thrice servants: Servants of the sovereign or state, servants of fame and servants of business.”
—Francis Bacon
“Athens holds sway over Greece; I dominate Athens; my wife dominates me; our newborn son dominates her.”
“Power always thinks it has a great soul and vast views beyond the comprehension of the weak.”
—John Adams
“He that would govern others first should be the master of himself.”
—Philip Massinger
“I looked around at all the little fishes present and said, ‘I’m the Kingfish’.”
—Huey Long

“The new source of power is not money in the hands of the few but information in the hands of many.”
—John Naisbitt
“Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.”
—Leonardo da Vinci
“He who wishes to be obeyed must know how to command.”
—Niccolò Machiavelli
“The secret of my influence has always been that it remained secret.”
—Salvador Dali
“What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”
“The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.”
—Albert Einstein

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”
—Alice Walker

(This story appears in the 11 December, 2015 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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  • Ma Bhairavika Swami

    You have not harnessed the Power of Living. Because, constantly the words you utter towards yourself becomes reality about you; the words you utter towards other raises the others\' energy. If you utter the right words, it raises others\' energy positively towards you. Life itself is a power. The words we utter has its own power over us and over others. Same way, the thinking we have has power over us and power over others. The feeling we carry has real power over us and power over others. Life is a power. If you want to discover, harness the Power of Word, live Integrity. If you want to harness the Power of Thinking, live Authenticity. If you want to discover and use the Power of Feeling, use Responsibility. If you want to use the Power of Living, decide to Enrich with Integrity, Authenticity and Responsibility. Whenever you enrich others and you, life happens in you; you experience Power of Living. ~Sri Nithyananda Swami

    on Feb 3, 2016
  • Dr.a.jagadeesh

    Good collection. Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP)

    on Dec 5, 2015