It is mostly believed that power is the ability to influence others, to sway them into obedience. But power is a lot of things.
It’s the radiance within you, allowing you to shine in your own right. Power also equates to strength. The only thing that drives you to succeed, notwithstanding adversity. It is resilience, passion, and gratitude despite life’s persistent struggles.
Power is indeed a lot of things.
The only thing it’s not is when used to corrupt, deceive, and instill fear. It’s power, yes, but it’s of the twisted kind — the one only the weak executes.
Unleash your very own superhero-like qualities with these 30 power quotes.
Power resides only where men believe it resides. […] A shadow on the wall, yet shadows can kill. And ofttimes a very small man can cast a very large shadow. – George R.R. Martin
This life is yours. Take the power to choose what you want to do and do it well. Take the power to love what you want in life and love it honestly. – Susan Polis Schutz
Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher
Power isn’t control at all — power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader isn’t someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is someone willing to give his strength to others that they may have the strength to stand on their own. – Beth Revis
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power. – Abraham Lincoln
The thing women have yet to learn is nobody gives you power. You just take it. – Roseanne Barr
Knowledge is power. Power to do evil…or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil. – Veronica Roth
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. – Mahatma Gandhi
It’s all mirror, mirror on the wall because beauty is power the same way money is power the same way a gun is power. – Chuck Palahniuk
Power changes everything till it is difficult to say who are the heroes and who the villains. – Libba Bray
Power-lust is a weed that grows only in the vacant lots of an abandoned mind.
Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral. – Paulo Freire
It is said that power corrupts, but actually it’s more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power. – David Brin
Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own. – Joss Whedon
In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. – Leo Tolstoy
The steps of power are often steps on sand. – Edward Counsel
Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts… perhaps the fear of a loss of power. – John Steinbeck
With great power there must also come great responsibility! – Stan Lee
Absolute power was not meant for man. – William E. Channing
Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. – Elie Weisel
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: the pains of power are real, its pleasures imaginary. – Charles Caleb Colton
Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power. – Tao Te Ching
The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. – Alice Walker
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. – Honoré de Balzac
Where there is power, there is resistance. – Michel Foucault
And power without compassion is the worst kind of evil there is. – E.J. Patten
We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. – George Orwell
The measure of a man is what he does with power. – Plato
The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. – Henrik Ibsen
Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don’t. – Oskar Shindler
Share these 30 power quotes with your loved ones to inspire inner strength that never falters.