Quotes for
the Journey:

Power

   
 
Our scientific power has outrun our
spiritual power.  We have guided
missiles and misguided people.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

   

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 strength?"
  "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."     -unattributed

   

In a 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.     -Parker J. Palmer

   
Power consists in one's capacity to link his will with the purpose of others, to lead by reason and a gift of cooperation.     -Woodrow Wilson
   
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 Gandhi
  
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 person.     -Euripides
   
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 limits.     -William James
   
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.      -Cheryl 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 old.      -Ralph Waldo Emerson
   
Self-reverence, self 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. Anthony
   
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
   
The 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.     -Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
   
It is 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.     -Samuel Smiles
   
The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace.     -Mohandas Gandhi
    
The 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
  
All persons 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.     -Edmund Burke
  
There is no stronger test of a person's character than power and authority, exciting as they do every passion, and discovering every latent vice.     -Plutarch
  
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)
  
The real basic power of an individual isn't what he or she knows; it's the ability to think and learn and face new challenges.     -Nathaniel Branden, Self-Esteem Every Day
  

  
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 Beattie
  
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 strength?"
"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."
-unattributed
  

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