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Power may refer to:




  • Power (mathematics), an exponentiated number, such as in xn
  • Power of a point, a number that reflects the distance of a point from a circle
  • Statistical power, the probability that a statistical test will reject a false null hypothesis
  • Powerful number, a positive integer such that if divided by a prime number p, is also divided by p2

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Quotes regarding power.



  • Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are always bad men.
  • There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.
    • Lord Acton, Letter to Mandell Creighton, April 5, 1887.
  • What is called music today is all too often only a disguise for the monologue of power. However, and this is the supreme irony of it all, never before have musicians tried so hard to communicate with their audience, and never before has that communication been so deceiving. Music now seems hardly more than a somewhat clumsy excuse for the self-glorification of musicians and the growth of a new industrial sector.
    • Jacques Attali Quoted in Classic Essays on Twentieth-Century Music, ISBN 0028645812.
  • POWER: The ability to make our fellow humans squirm, sweat and stammer on command. Often regarded as an aphrodisiac; actually a potent laxative that, whenever ingested by people in high places, causes everyone below to run for cover.
    • Rick Bayan, The Cynic's Dictionary
  • It is not possible to found a lasting power upon injustice, perjury, and treachery.
    • Demosthenes, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 455.
  • What elements of power we wield! Truth unmixed with error, flashing as God's own lightning in its brightness, resistless if properly wielded, as that living flame! O what agencies! The Holy Ghost standing and pleading with us to so work that He may help us, the very earth coming to the help of the Lord Jesus Christ. And yet I am painfully impressed that we are not wielding the elements of Christian achievement nearly up to their maximum.
    • T. M. Eddy, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 455.
  • Great men are they who see that spiritual is stronger than any material force.
    • Ralph Waldo Emerson, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 456.
  • Don't be afraid of the storms; be afraid of the ship and the captain! Forget about the outside factors, what matters is the internal power!
  • There is no surer mark of a low and unregenerate nature than this tendency of power to loudness and wantonness instead of quietness and reverence. To souls baptized in Christian nobleness the largest sphere of command is but a wider empire of obedience, calling them, not to escape from holy rule, but to its full impersonation.
    • James Martineau, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 456.
  • Power is not a means, it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power.
  • If you were handed power on a plate you'd be left fighting over a plate.
  • Power corrupts only the few because only the few have power.
  • You can do anything with people if you do what they want.
  • All power corrupts, absolute power is even more fun
    • Simon Travaglia, The Operator From Hell, 1997 Part 2, The PFY scores top marks in the all important 'how to be an Operator From Hell' test
  • Power corrupts, PowerPoint corrupts absolutely.
    • Ed Tufte, Wired, issue 11:09, September 2003

Michel Foucault

  • Domination is not that solid and global kind of domination that one person exercises over others, or one group over another, but the manifold forms of domination that can be exercised within society.
    • (p.96)
  • One should try to locate power at the extreme of its exercise, where it is always less legal in character.
    • (p.97)
  • The analysis [of power] should not attempt to consider power from its internal point of view and...should refrain from posing the labyrinthine and unanswerable question: 'Who then has power and what has he in mind? What is the aim of someone who possesses power?' Instead, it is a case of studying power at the point where its intention, if it has one, is completely invested in its real and effective practices.
    • (p.97)
  • Let us things work at the level of on-going subjugation, at the level of those continuous and uninterrupted processes which subject our bodies, govern our gestures, dictate our behaviors, etc....we should try to discover how it is that subjects are gradually, progressively, really and materially constituted through a multiplicity of organisms, forces, energies, materials, desires, thoughts, etc. We should try to grasp subjection in its material instance as a constitution of subjects.
    • (p.97)
  • One needs to be nominalistic, no doubt: power is not an institution, and not a structure; neither is it a certain strength we are endowed with; it is the name that one attributes to a complex strategical situation in a particular society.
  • Power is everywhere...because it comes from everywhere.
    • Michel Foucault, quoted in Aldrich, Robert and Wotherspoon, Gary (Eds.) (2001). Who's Who in Contemporary Gay & Lesbian History: From World War II to the Present Day. New York: Routledge. ISBN 041522974X.


  • Power is the type of thing most people don't think about, until it's taken away.
    • [Author?], "Mary Alice" (off voice), Desperate Housewives. Season 3, Episode 19: God, that's good.
  • Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.
  • If power was bricks then politics would be the Great Wall of China
  • 'And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations' (Revelation 2:26). I see myself on a throne. Why should a throne be made of gold and velvet? Can it not as well be the few planks of a prisoner's bed? Men have given a certain kind of chair the name of "throne". I can give this name to any other object I please. From this my throne I decide about nations. - Richard Wurmbrand, If Prison Walls Could Speak (1972)
  • Power tends to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely.
  • The struggle of humanity against power is the struggle of remembering against forgetting.
  • It is said that power corrupts, but actually it's more true that power attracts the corruptible. The sane are usually attracted by other things than power.
  • If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
    • Harry Shearer
  • The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
  • Power is when you have every justification to kill and you don't
    • Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List
  • Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Study hard, be evil
  • Knowledge is power but power corrupts. Now, corruption is a crime and as we all know crime does not pay. So what am I doing in University?
  • Those who cannot love want power.
    • Guggenbuhl-Craig
  • Power will intoxicate the best hearts, as wine the strongest heads. No man is wise enough, nor good enough to be trusted with unlimited power.
  • The desire of power in excess caused the angels to fall.
  • Even in war, moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
  • Grab power and abuse it, or suffer at the hands of it.
    • James O'Brien
  • The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
    • J. Petit-Senn
  • The greater a man is in power above others, the more he ought to excel them in virtue. None ought to govern who is not better than the governed.
  • It is an observation no less just than common, that there is no stronger test of a man's real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.
  • Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
  • The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good.

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Strong 1411: strength, power, ability

  1. inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth
    1. power for performing miracles
    2. moral power and excellence of soul
    3. the power and influence which belong to riches and wealth
    4. power and resources arising from numbers
    5. power consisting in or resting upon armies, forces, hosts
This entry includes text from the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon.


Strong 1849: privilege, force, capacity, competency, freedom, mastery, authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

  1. power of choice, liberty of doing as one pleases
    1. leave or permission
  2. physical and mental power
    1. the ability or strength with which one is endued, which he either possesses or exercises
  3. the power of authority (influence) and of right (privilege)
  4. the power of rule or government (the power of him whose will and commands must be submitted to by others and obeyed)
    1. universally
      1. authority over mankind
    2. specifically
      1. the power of judicial decisions
      2. of authority to manage domestic affairs
    3. metonymically
      1. a thing subject to authority or rule
        1. jurisdiction
      2. one who possesses authority
        1. a ruler, a human magistrate
        2. the leading and more powerful among created beings superior to man, spiritual potentates
      3. a sign of the husband's authority over his wife
        1. the veil with which propriety required a women to cover herself
    4. the sign of regal authority, a crown
This entry includes text from the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon.


Strong 2479: force, ability, might, power, strength.

  1. ability, force, strength, might
This entry includes text from the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon.


Strong 2904: vigor, dominion, might, power, strength

  1. force, strength
  2. power, might: mighty with great power
    1. a mighty deed, a work of power
  3. dominion
This entry includes text from the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew Lexicon.

Simple English

Simple English Wiktionary has the word meaning for:

Power has different meanings when talking about different subjects:

  • In physics, power is how fast energy can be changed into work. Power is measured in watts.
  • In sociology, power is when a person tells another to do something, and they do it. This might also be called influence or control.
  • In politics, power is when one country makes another country do something. This kind of power might come from having a big army, or having a lot of money.
  • Power can mean electrical power. This kind of power usually comes from power plants or generators.
  • In statistics, the statistical power of a test is how likely the test is to say something is true when it is really true.
  • In mathematics, "power" is multiplying a number by itself. In the expression 23, where we multiply 3 2's together ( 2 * 2 * 2 ) we say that 2 is raised to the power of 3. This is also known as exponentiation.
  • A life force, called chi by the Chinese and kiai by the Japanese.

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