Monday, August 3, 2009

Quotes: Power (2)

Power 390 Lord Acton: "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." Lytton Strachey. “Creighton.” 1925. Gross, ed. Essays. Today, almost a cliche, but truer than ever.

Power 526 Madeleine’s experience [in Henry Adams’s Democracy] of the men who wield power, or try to wield it, is the substance of her sad education: "Presidents of the United States, she learns, are likely to be foolish, vulgar, bedeviled men, who, with their impossible wives, lead the most hideous lives of public ceremony." Lionel Trilling. “Adams at Ease.” 1952. Gross, ed. Essays.

Power 637 "Yet what, finally, was the effect of absolute power on twelve representative men [the twelve Caesars]?…Suetonius makes it quite plain: disastrous." Gore Vidal. “Robert Graves and the Twelve Caesars.” 1959. Gross, ed. Essays.

Power 659 "Power brings problems." V.S. Naipaul. “Columbus and Crusoe.” 1967. Gross, ed. Essays. Well, at least it keeps those in power busy.

Power 61 " 'Oh-well-gee-of course--' sighed Craff, as he went out, crabwise." Lewis, Babbitt. "Crabwise": a graphic description of the subordinate.

Power 440 "In the night, at that moment, he felt such power that it was beyond joy; he was calm and sober."

Power 3 "...for the rude mind with difficulty associates the ideas of power and benignity." George Eliot, Silas Marner. To the rude mind, power means punishment.

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