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“He who harnesses the power of other people s stupidity rules the world.”

— Robert Chad Canter, Share via Whatsapp

“Prayer gives power for progress.”

— Lailah Gifty Akita, Share via Whatsapp

“They needed to stay secret to keep their power.”

— Liane Moriarty, Share via Whatsapp

“He who masters the power formed by a group of people working together has within his grasp one of the greatest powers known to man.”

— idowu koyenikan, All You Need Is a Ball: What Soccer Teaches Us about Success in Life and Business, Share via Whatsapp

“How does one man assert his power over another, Winston?“ Winston thought. “By making him suffer”, he said. “Exactly. By making him suffer. Obedience is not enough. Unless he is suffering, how can you be sure that he is obeying your will and not his own? Power is in inflicting pain and humiliation. Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Do you begin to see, then, what kind of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias that the old reformers imagined. A world of fear and treachery is torment, a world of trampling and being trampled upon, a world which will grow not less but MORE merciless as it refines itself. Progress in our world will be progress towards more pain. The old civilizations claimed that they were founded on love or justice. Ours is founded upon hatred. In our world there will be no emotions except fear, rage, triumph, and self-abasement. Everything else we shall destroy – everything. Already we are breaking down the habits of thought which have survived from before the Revolution. We have cut the links between child and parent, and between man and man, and between man and woman. No one dares trust a wife or a child or a friend any longer. But in the future there will be no wives and no friends. Children will be taken from their mothers at birth, as one takes eggs from a hen. The sex instinct will be eradicated. Procreation will be an annual formality like the renewal of a ration card. We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now. There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent we shall have no more need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life. All competing pleasures will be destroyed.”

— George Orwell, 1984, Share via Whatsapp

“إن اللين في القوة الرائعة أقوى من القوة نفسها، لانه يظهر لك موضع الرحمة فيها والتواضع في الجمال أحسن من الجمال، لانه ينفي الغرور عنه. وكل شيء من القوة لا مكان فيه لشيء من الرحمة فهو مما وضع الله على الناس من قوانين الهلاك”

— مصطفى صادق الرافعي, رسائل الأحزان, Share via Whatsapp

“The most impactful thing you can do with power is almost always to give it away.”

— Hank Green, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor, Share via Whatsapp