Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge -- fitter to bruise than polish.
You don't lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
To know the pains of power, we must go to those who have it; to know its pleasures, we must go to those who are seeking it: the pains of power are real, its pleasures imaginary.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
During the time men live without a common power to keep them all in awe, they are in that conditions called war; and such a war, as if of every man, against every man.
Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.
Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power.
The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave.
I put for the general inclination of all mankind, a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.
Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority: still more when you superadd the tendency or the certainty of corruption by authority.
My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it.
Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority...
To name the world in your own terms, to tell your own story, is an act of authority and power. When you write, you are saying, in effect, 'I have a voice. I have a story. This is what I have to say.'
Authority and power are two different things: power is the force by means of which you can oblige others to obey you. Authority is the right to direct and command, to be listened to or obeyed by others. Authority requests power. Power without authority is tyranny.
Donald Trump has a grand direction. He doesn't have a grand strategy. He wants to re-establish American authority and power and to relaunch the American economy.
Christ is the source of all true priesthood authority and power on earth. It is His work, in which we are privileged to assist.