Our scientific power has
We have guided
Luther King, Jr.
little boy was having difficulty lifting a heavy stone.
His father came along just then. Noting the boy's
failure, he asked, "Are you using all your
"Yes, I am," the little boy said
"No, you are not," the father answered.
"I am right here just waiting, and you haven't asked
me to help you."
culture of technique, we often confuse authority with power, but
the two are not the same. Power works from the outside in,
but authority works from the inside out. . . . I am painfully
aware of the times in my own teaching when I lose touch with my
inner teacher and therefore with my own authority. In those
times I try to gain power by barricading myself behind the podium
and my status while wielding the threat of grades. . . . Authority
comes as I reclaim my identity and integrity, remembering my
selfhood and my sense of vocation.
consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to
lead by reason and a gift of cooperation. -Woodrow
Be fit for
more than the thing you are now doing. Let everyone know that you
have a reserve in yourself; that you have more power than you are now
using. If you are not too large for the place you occupy, you are too
small for it. -James A. Garfield
That power is
in vain which is never in use. -Benjamin Whichcote
The power of
a thing or an act is in the meaning and the understanding.
-Nicholas Black Elk
If we keep this question in
mind while planning our days, we will see that we actually have countless
opportunities to add to our life force. Being around people and
places we love and doing things that give us deep satisfaction, taking
time to digest the events in our lives, being less busy, telling the
truth, laughing a lot, eating right, exercising regularly, having long
talks with those we love--these are among the best ways to nourish our
vitality. Our life force thrives when we are completely engaged in
the present moment. -Debbie Ford
Power is of two kinds. One
is obtained by the fear of punishment and the other by acts of love. Power
based on love is a thousand times more effective and permanent than the
one derived from fear of punishment. -Mohandas
The best and safest thing is
to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and
in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise
Most of us can learn to live
in perfect comfort on higher levels of power. Everyone knows that on
any given day there are energies slumbering in them which the incitements
of that day do not call forth. Compared with what we ought to be, we
are only half awake. It is evident that our organism has stored-up
reserves of energy that are ordinarily not called upon, deeper and deeper
strata of explosible material, ready for use by anyone who probes so deep.
The human individual usually lives far within his or her
We are all tempted by the
opportunity to raise our status by lowering someone else's. Do you
define your power in relation to others? Do you let racist or sexist
remarks pass by you with no comment? Are you sure you can look at
someone and define his or her worth on the basis of class and style?
There is an almost irresistible urge to prove our power and
worth through comparison. We view power as power over others.
The life of Gandhi offers a glimpse of an alternative philosophy. A
different use of power.
Thinking about power makes us apprehensive. Power
corrupts, power is violence. We forget the difference between power
used to manipulate others and power used to empower others.
Power is a neutral force; we control the quality of its use. People
who feel their own life force, their internal power, have no need for
control over others. -Jennifer
James, Success Is the Quality of Your Journey
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. Take the power to walk in the
forest and be a part of nature. Take the power to control your own
life. No one else can do it for you. Take the power to make your
life happy. -Susan Polis Schutz
Most of us play it safe by
putting our needs aside when faced with the possibility of feeling guilty,
disappointing others, or facing conflict of some kind. At home you
may abdicate your need for support with the kids to keep peace with the
spouse, letting your resentment build over time. At work you may
allow a complaining coworker to keep draining your energy to avoid
confrontation--and end up hating your job. Or you may go right back
to saying yes to family members who give you a hard time to avoid their
emotional rejection, only to feel frustrated by the lack of quality time
that you have for yourself. We work hard to manage the perceptions
of others, ignoring our own needs, and in the end we surrender the very
thing that will allow us to live authentic, meaningful lives--our power.
We have been trained to surrender our power early in life.
Each of us has been taught to live by the rules imposed on us in both
subtle and not so subtle ways by generations of parental influences,
societal demands, religious expectations, and educational training.
Richardson, Stand Up for Your Life
Be not the slave of your own
past - plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall
come back with new self-respect, with new power, and with an advanced
experience that shall explain and overlook the
knowledge, self-control. These three alone lead life to sovereign
power. -Alfred Tennyson
Power isnít control at
all--power is strength, and giving that strength to others. A leader
isnít someone who forces others to make him stronger; a leader is
someone willing to give his or her strength to others that they may have
the strength to stand on their own. -Beth Revis
The older I get, the greater
power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further
I am rolled, the more I gain. -Susan B.
She had never imagined she
had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power,
either--a purely human one. -Cassandra Clare
number of the hours in a day is fixed, but the quantity and
quality of energy available to us is not. It is our most precious
resource. The more we take responsibility for the energy we bring
to the world, the more empowered and productive we become. The
more we blame others or external circumstances, the more negative
and compromised our energy is likely to be.
Loehr and Tony Schwartz
not eminent talent that is required to ensure success in any
pursuit, so much as purpose--not merely the power to achieve, but
the will to labour energetically and perseveringly. Hence energy
of will may be defined to be the very central power of character
in a man--in a word, it is the Man himself.
day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will
know peace. -Mohandas
great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can
accomplish. -Henrik Ibsen
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True power is the falling away of individual
identity. -Maya Sarada Devi
possessing a portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully
impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are
to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great
Master, Author, and Founder of society.
There is no stronger
test of a person's character than power and authority, exciting as
they do every passion, and discovering every latent
The love of power
comes from a lack of the most important power, that of living a
life of eternity with every creature.
-Aaron D. Gordon
Power is strength
and the ability to see yourself through your own eyes and not
through the eyes of another. It is being able to place a
circle of power at your own feet and not take power from someone
else's circle. -Agnes Whistling Elk (also
attributed to Marian Anderson)
We don't want to
give the controls to someone else; we want those reins ourselves.
We want to get our way. And we get upset when things don't
work out. . . . When we try to control someone else or events
beyond the scope of our power, we lose. When we learn to
discern the difference between what we can change and what we
can't, we usually have an easier time expressing our power in our
lives. Because we're not wasting all our energy using our
power to change things we can't, we have a lot of energy left over
to live our lives. -Melody
Power and strength,
as useful as they are, without gentleness and tenderness will
result in tyranny. -Joanne D. Holland
A little boy was having
difficulty lifting a heavy stone.
His father came along just then.
Noting the boy's failure, he asked, "Are you using all your
"Yes, I am," the little boy said impatiently.
"No, you are not," the father answered. "I am right
here just waiting, and you haven't asked me to help you."