1-20: Power

Through the Ages

Corruption

Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Lord Acton

Aggravation

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim’s sympathies.

Henry Adams

Balance

Every project has been found to be no better than committing the lamb to the custody of the wolf, except that one which is called a balance of power.

John Adams

Bureaucracy

And thus the bureaucracy, the giant power yielded by pygmies, came into the world.

Honore de Balzac

Desire

The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall.

Francis Bacon

Arrogance

The attitude above all others which I feel sure is no longer valid is the arrogance of power, the tendency of great nations to equate power with virtue and major responsibilities with a universal mission.

James William Fulbright

Trust

I repeat … that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that, from the people, and for the people, all springs, and all must exist.

Benjamin Disraeli

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