losing powerPower is another one of the words on my rehab list! These quotes address the topic from a wide range of viewpoints. Is there one that resonates with you?

Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from. ~Joss Whedon

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

If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing the one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. ~John Stuart Mills

Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true. ~Honore De Balzac

Freedom means freedom from forces and circumstances which would turn man into a thing, which would impose on man the passivity and predictability of matter. By this test, absolute power is the manifestation most inimical to human uniqueness. Absolute power wants to turn people into malleable clay. ~Eric Hoffer

Power is given only to those who dare to lower themselves and pick it up. Only one thing matters, one thing; to be able to dare! ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

The nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end. ~Aldous Huxley

Common experience shows how much rarer is moral courage than physical bravery. A thousand men will march to the mouth of the cannon where one man will dare espouse an unpopular cause . . . True courage and manhood come from the consciousness of the right attitude toward the world, the faith in one’s purpose, and the sufficiency of one’s own approval as a justification for one’s own acts. ~Clarence Darrow

True power comes when others offer it to you and you merely accept it as a gift, not as the spoils of some personal war. ~Laurell Hamilton

The nature of the universe is such that ends can never justify the means. On the contrary, the means always determine the end. ~Oscar Wilde

 

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