Sunday, June 01, 2008


The four most miserable years of my life. - John Adams (1735 - 1826) US President (2), on the Presidency

When a man is intoxicated by alcohol, he can recover, but when intoxicated by power, he seldom recovers. - James F. Byrnes (1879 &endash; 1972)

Power without responsibility - the prerogative of the harlot throughout the ages~ Rudyard Kipling 1931.

..power is not really good or bad; it is neutral. Power itself is not negative or positive, although our feelings about it may be. Power is the potential to influence others for good or evil, to be a blessing or a scourge. Like nuclear energy, it can provide the electricity to light a city, or it can fuel the bomb that destroys it. -Blaine Lee

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

Power worship blurs political judgement because it leads, almost unavoidably to the belief that the present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible. ~ George Orwell, James Burnham and The Managerial Revolution (1946)

Power is responsibility: it is service, not privilege. -- John Paul II [Karol Wojtyla] (1920- ) _An Invitation to Joy_ [1999]

If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure - Harry Sherer

We must never delude ourselves into thinking that physical power is a substitute for moral power, which is the truth sign of national greatness. --Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965) (Speech at Hartford, Connecticut [September 18, 1952])

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