QUOTES about POWER and CONTROL

No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites. Nietzsche

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. Erich Fromm

We are like two fingers on the same hand; but I want to be the index. Julie Thatcher

You don’t do things that people turn to, like drugs and soul searching. All that stuff is for people who are not having the kind of trips I was having. I was having power trips that were heavier than any conceivable artificial stimulant could be. Ruth Handler inventor of the Barbie Doll

A 13-year-old boy, entrusted to the “care” of his older uncle, soon grew to understand the pathology underlying the craving for power: It occurred to Sanford that knocking him flat was important to his uncle, as if the sight of his prostrate victim confirmed that his punishments were meeting their goals. … It was not enough for him just to win; he needed to pulverize his opponent and see him helpless. Source: The Road out of Hell: the True Story of the Wineville Murders by Anthony Flacco and Sanford Clark

Your writer, your scientist, your chief official, all have lost the power to revive the early illusion concerning fame and high place. Their beauty and delight is like the mirage in the heavens, only plain to the eye outside; within is nothing. Theodore Dreiser

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. Leonardo-DA-Vinci

Any gender predator before he’s been in the business for too long has his own preferences and learns his own techniques. He knows how to locate, and identify, profile if you will, the victim of preference, the victim of opportunity. He knows how to get inside that victim’s head and create the effect he’s looking for: the manipulation, domination the control of that individual…, and the law enforcement personnel trying to neutralize him. Obsession by John Douglas

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. Audrey Lord

We can pray for power, yet our prayer will be incomplete unless we also pray to use our power wisely. Matthew Sperling

The control of the production of wealth is the control of human life itself. Unknown

The more control, the more that requires control. Anon

What you see is from outside yourself, and may come, or not, but is beyond your control. But your fear is yours, and yours alone, like your voice, or your fingers, or your memory, and therefore yours to control. If you feel powerless over your fear, you have not yet admitted that it is yours, to do with as you will. Marion Zimmer Bradley

Immoderate power, like other intemperance, leaves the progeny weaker and weaker, until nature as in compassion covers it with her mantle and it is seen no more. Walter Savage Landor

Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order for this means getting other people under your control. Denis Diderot

That cowardice is incorrigible which the love of power cannot overcome. Charles Caleb Colton

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

The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use; of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public. John F Kennedy

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both. Emerson

The one means that wins the easiest victory over reason is terror and force. Adolf Hitler

Power educates the potentate. Emerson

Whether we want to admit it or not, many of the religions of the world are concocted to hold fear and control over people. Nobody likes to talk about it, but that’s the way it is. The human psyche is vulnerable because of its fear of failure, and becomes an easy prey. Source: A Walk from East to West by Fred Lemon 

I put you where you are, and I can put you back where you were. Jackson R Rhyme

Patricia Neale, a long-time friend of fellow-actress Audrey Hepburn, perceived Ms. Hepburn’s husband Mel Ferrar as somewhat controlling. Ms. Neale recounts: One evening, after the day’s shoot, at a Japanese restaurant, with various members of the cast and crew, Audrey made the mistake of putting her elbows on the table. Mel was seated next to her, and when he saw this, he picked up a fork, slipped its prongs under her elbows, and said in a voice loud enough for all to hear, “Ladies do not put their elbows on the table.”
Source: Fifth Avenue 5A.M. by Sam Wasson 

The power of hiding ourselves from one another is mercifully given, for men are wild beasts, and would devour one another but for this protection. Henry Ward Beecher

If we cannot be powerful and happy and prey on others, we invent conscience and prey on ourselves. Elbert Hubbard

Too often the great decisions are originated and given form in bodies made up wholly of men or so completely dominated by them that whatever of special value women have to offer is shunted aside without expression.  Eleanor Roosevelt

We can't do without dominating others or being served…. The essential thing, in sum, is being able to get angry without the other person being able to answer back. Albert Camus 

The abuse of greatness is when it disjoints remorse from power. Shakespeare

Apt words have power to assuage the tumors of a troubled mind. John Milton

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

Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Lord Acton

The only way to predict the future is to have the power to shape the future. Eric Hoffer

When I was a kid I respected authority, then as a teenager I gave none; in middle age I expected it; now in old age I live by the word. Horace Dyer

Anarchy is the stepping stone to absolute power. Napoleon

Abducted as a ten-year-old child, a victim recounts, regarding her kidnapper: I was not allowed to take a single step without him having ordered me to do so. I had to stand, sit or walk however the kidnapper wanted. I had to ask if I wanted to stand up or sit down, before I turned my head or how to hold out my hand. He told me where I was to direct my gaze, and even accompanied me to the toilet. Source: 3,096 Days by Natascha Kampusch

Force without reason falls of its own weight. Horace

Who overcomes by force, hath overcome but half his foe. Milton 

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

The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers: Little we see in Nature that is ours. Wordsworth

Men submit from habit to everything that seeks power. Nietzsche

To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it. Charles Caleb Colton

To live, indeed, is not in our power, but to live rightly is. Titus 

I hope our wisdom will grow with our power, and teach us, that the less we use our power the greater it will be. Thomas Jefferson

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts; perhaps the fear of a loss of power. John Steinbeck

Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men. Goethe

The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth. La Rochefoucauld

Kidnapped at a young age, then kept in physical-psychological bondage for 18 years, author Jaycee Dugart recounts: “I gave my power to my abductor. I was the one to comfort him when he was the one in the wrong. Where was my comfort? Where was my freedom? Why did I feel the need to comfort my tormentor? Violating my body was not enough? He had to violate my mind as well? He had the ability to turn every situation to suit his own needs.” Quote source: A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugart

Power never takes a back step; only in the face of more power. Malcolm X

The property of power is to protect. Pascal

The power of kings is founded on the reason and on the folly of the people, and especially on their folly. Pascal

The new and terrible dangers which man has created can only be controlled by man. John F. Kennedy

Every country is renewed out of the unknown ranks and not out of the ranks of those already famous and powerful and in control. Woodrow Wilson

Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims. Tagore

Science gives man knowledge which is power; religion gives man wisdom which is control. Martin Luther King JR 

This is what it means to be a slave; to be abused and bear it; compelled by violence to suffer wrong. Euripides

He, who yields a prudent obedience, exercises a partial control. Syrus

There are some men who turn a deaf ear to reason and good advice, and willfully go wrong for fear of being controlled. LA Bruyere

In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. James Madison

Meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same. Rudyard Kipling

There must be not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized peace. Woodrow Wilson

If one must do wrong, it’s best to do it pursuing power. Anonymous

We praise or blame according as the one or the other affords more opportunity for exhibiting our power of judgment. Nietzsche

Anecdote: Control equals income. As any control we exert upon the public brings about a better society, we are entirely justified in using control. One must discover what is best for the applicant, and then control them into obtaining it. Source: L. Ron Hubbard, founder of Scientology. Source: Inside Scientology by Janet Reitman

Be generous in nature and thought; for this wins respect and gives confidence and power. Nietzsche

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in the power of your hand to do so. Proverb 3:27 N.K.J.V

The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who haven’t got it. George Bernard Shaw

The power of man has grown in every sphere, except over himself. Winston Churchill

The corruption of the age is made up by the particular contribution of every individual man; some contribute treachery, others injustice, atheism, tyranny, avarice, cruelty, according to their power. Montaigne

The most powerful of men can fail when they forget that a mighty river can be crossed at its source. Clarence Burns

The power which makes a man able to entertain a good impulse is the same as that which enables him to make a good gun; it is imagination. G. K. Chesterton

A desire to be in charge of our own lives and a need for control is born in each of us. It is essential to our mental health, and our success, that we take control. Robert Bennett

He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still. Lao-Tzu

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but inform their discretion by education. Thomas Jefferson

Time crumbles things; everything grows old under the power of time and is forgotten through the lapse of time. Aristotle

A nurse recounts that, during her training, her class was visited by a hypnotherapist.  According to her account: He instructed us to sit with our hands firmly clamped on our desks, and then he instructed us to release our hands.  Four or five girls found that they could not release their fingers, that they were stuck fast. The hypnotherapist gave an instruction, and the girls’ hands were freed.  It was a puzzling and worrying thing to see these girls under the influence of someone they did not even know, and it made us all realize, a little more, how frightening it can be for patients to be under the direction of total strangers in a hospital. Source: Pelican Crossing by Hilary Cotterill

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Gandhi

Regarding girls brought to America for purposes of prostitution, one madam states with sadness: “The girls can’t leave. They are locked in apartments. They are always being watched. The fear is unbelievable. They can't talk to anyone. They are always hungry and pale, always shaking and cold, but they never complain. If they do, they'll be beaten or killed.”  Quote citation: The Best American Crime Writing 2005 edited by Thomas Cook.

People who have power can use it to influence the lives of others. If they use their power to perpetuate stereotypes and build discrimination into the way institutions work, then oppression is the result.

The worst thing that can be said of the most powerful is that they can take your life; but the same can be said of the most weak. Charles Caleb Colton

The whole dignity of man lies in the power of thought. Pascal

The man who yearns to acquire power clutches upon any means, no-matter how petty.  He that already possesses power grows persnickety and sophisticated in his tastes; few things shall satisfy him. Saul Mali

Where love rules there is no will to power, and where power predominates, there, love is lacking. The one is the shadow of the other. Carl Jung

According to her obituary, Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Aunt Mary, “was thought to have the power of saying more disagreeable things in half an hour than any person living. Quote from: American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever

If you command wisely, you'll be obeyed cheerfully. Thomas Fuller

The efficiency of a truly national leader consists primarily in preventing the division of the attention of a people, and always in concentrating it on a single enemy. Adolf Hitler

In her memoir, a writer describes her first inkling that the “perfect man” she believed she had found might in fact prove menacing. After a tender and intimate time: He lifted his chest and rested his elbows easily on the bed, to free his arms. His breath got shallow and rapid. He carefully placed his hands around my neck. He suddenly opened his cobalt eyes and looked into mine.
His hands tightened around my throat. I could feel the excitement raging through his body like a freight train, I coughed. I began to choke. I tried to say, “No, stop, I can't breathe”, but I couldn’t make any sounds aside from a croak deep in my throat. My eyes began to water. My body began to writhe involuntarily. Panic spread across my chest. He mouthed three words slowly, under his breath, eyes unblinking. I could barely make out the words, “I own you.”  Quote from: Crazy Love, a memoir by Leslie Morgan Steiner. 


The “Greek system” of fraternities and sororities is prevalent mainly in the U.S. and Canada.  While many lasting friendships are formed, the power of these chapters wield over their members can jeopardize every other aspect of life, including academic progress. According to her undercover study of sororities, a journalist recounts: One former teaching assistant told me that when she held labs on Tuesday nights, (chapter meeting night), the sorority girls in her class wouldn’t attend.  One day she took the sorority sisters aside and told them that lab attendance was mandatory … if they continued to miss lab, they would fail the lab section of her class. She was disgusted to see the girls’ seats empty over the following weeks.  The girls chose to take a grade of F for their labs, rather than miss chapter meetings. From the: Pledged: The secret life of Sororities by Alexandra Robbins

DEFINITION and MEANING
Power means the ability to limit the actions of others. Control implements the use of such strength. If dealt with in an even-handed, fair-minded way, a degree of both these forces is needed to maintain a balance of interests within any society.

Sadly, the sense of power can tend to bloat into grandiosity. When this occurs, the purpose of both power and control can be subverted by self-interest, bribery, embezzlement, and other actions which deserve, and often bring, public opprobrium.

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