Margaret Atwood on Power

“It is just fun for a lot of people to demolish other people and it always has been, across the board. People like doing it. If you’re really going to put yourself in the box marked ‘virtuous’, you’ve got to ask yourself whether you’re actually being virtuous, or whether you’re being sadistic. Be aware of how you’re using your power.”

~ Margaret Atwood

Paul Theroux on Power

The curfew — three years into my time in Africa — was my initiation into the misuse of power, of greed, cowardice and selfishness; as well as, also, their opposites — compassion, bravery, mutual aid and generosity.

~ Paul Theroux / NYT, 30th March 2020

Chinua Achebe on Power

“There is a moral obligation, I think, not to ally oneself with power against the powerless.”

~ Chinua Achebe

Seneca on Provocation

“So the wise man will never provoke the anger of those in power; nay, he will even turn his course, precisely as he would turn from a storm if he were steering a ship.”

Seneca / Epistulae Morales AD Lucilium

Abraham Lincoln on Power

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”

~ Abraham Lincoln

Epictetus on Power

“Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.”

~ Epictetus