„But there is only one thing that has power completely, and this is love. Because when a man loves, he seeks no power, and therefore he has power.“

—  Alan Paton
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„Although it is beyond the reach of any human faculties, man has the power of turning his attention and love towards it.
Nothing can ever justify the assumption that any man, whoever he may be, has been deprived of this power.
It is a power which is only real in this world in so far as it is exercised. The sole condition for exercising it is consent.“

—  Simone Weil French philosopher, Christian mystic, and social activist 1909 - 1943
Context: There is a reality outside the world, that is to say, outside space and time, outside man's mental universe, outside any sphere whatsoever that is accessible to human faculties. Corresponding to this reality, at the centre of the human heart, is the longing for an absolute good, a longing which is always there and is never appeased by any object in this world. Another terrestrial manifestation of this reality lies in the absurd and insoluble contradictions which are always the terminus of human thought when it moves exclusively in this world. Just as the reality of this world is the sole foundation of facts, so that other reality is the sole foundation of good. That reality is the unique source of all the good that can exist in this world: that is to say, all beauty, all truth, all justice, all legitimacy, all order, and all human behaviour that is mindful of obligations. Those minds whose attention and love are turned towards that reality are the sole intermediary through which good can descend from there and come among men. Although it is beyond the reach of any human faculties, man has the power of turning his attention and love towards it. Nothing can ever justify the assumption that any man, whoever he may be, has been deprived of this power. It is a power which is only real in this world in so far as it is exercised. The sole condition for exercising it is consent. This act of consent may be expressed, or it may not be, even tacitly; it may not be clearly conscious, although it has really taken place in the soul. Very often it is verbally expressed although it has not in fact taken place. But whether expressed or not, the one condition suffices: that it shall in fact have taken place. To anyone who does actually consent to directing his attention and love beyond the world, towards the reality that exists outside the reach of all human faculties, it is given to succeed in doing so. In that case, sooner or later, there descends upon him a part of the good, which shines through him upon all that surrounds him.

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„Man must not only make himself: the weightiest thing he has to do is to determine what he is going to be. He is causa sui to the second power.“

—  José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
As quoted in Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre, p. 155

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„When the power of love replaces the love of power, man will have a new name: God.“

—  Sri Chinmoy Indian writer and guru 1931 - 2007
January 20 Variant: When the power of love divinely replaces the love of power, man will have a new name: God. Source: Sri Chinmoy (1971): My rose petals: the master's extemporaneous talks in Europe, Sri Chinmoy Centre, p. 31. Google Books link http://books.google.pt/books?id=I2pRAAAAYAAJ&q=%22+love+divinely+replaces+%22&dq=%22+love+divinely+replaces+%22&hl=pt-PT&sa=X&ei=fNb8UrPVGsTIhAeS54H4Dw&redir_esc=y. Variants: My books, they all have only one message: the heart's Power Of Love must replace the mind's Love Of Power. If I have the Power Of Love, then I shall claim the whole World as my own … World Peace can be achieved when the Power Of Love replaces the Love Of Power. Cited to Chinmoy's book My Heart Shall Give A Oneness-Feast (1993)<!-- also in Peace-Lovers (1997), AUM publications, + Words of Wisdom (2010) --> In The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (1997) edited by Edward C. Goodman and Ted Goodman, p. 639 a similar statement has become attributed to William Ewart Gladstone, and is also cited in "The National Elementary School Principal" Vol 28 published in 1948: "We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." A similar statement has also become attributed to Jimi Hendrix, though he could have been quoting or paraphrasing Chinmoy, or conceivably Gladstone: "When the power of love overcomes love of power the world will know peace."

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„What makes Superman a hero is not that he has power, but that he has the wisdom and the maturity to use the power wisely.“

—  Christopher Reeve actor, director, producer, screenwriter 1952 - 2004
As quoted in Celebrities in Hell (2002) by Warren Allen Smith, p. 98

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„Love is God’s essence; Power but his attribute: therefore is his love greater than his power.“

—  Richard Garnett British scholar, librarian, biographer and poet 1835 - 1906
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„When the power of love overcomes love of power the world will know peace.“

—  Jimi Hendrix American musician, singer and songwriter 1942 - 1970
This quote has been attributed to Hendrix on the internet, and is flatly denied to have ever been said by him, without presenting any evidence as to why, beyond such unsupported, derisive and denigrative statements such as the author rants about others making in "WHAT HENDRIX NEVER SAID : They Don't Want to Know What He Really Said and Demand a Slacker Fantasy Instead" (22 March 2010) by Michael Fairchild, at rockprophecy.com http://www.rockprophecy.com/hendrix_quotes_hoax.html. Whether or not he ever spoke them, they are very similar to those reportedly of British Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, quoted in The Forbes Book of Business Quotations (1997) edited by Edward C. Goodman and Ted Goodman, p. 639: "We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power. Then will our world know the blessings of peace." A similar quotation he provides of Sri Chinmoy predates any currently located source of either the Hendrix or Gladstone attributions, yet he accuses Chinmoy of simple plagiarism of Gladstone (or "Gladwell" at one point). From Chinmoy's book My Heart Shall Give A Oneness-Feast (1993) he quotes: "My books, they all have only one message: the heart's Power Of Love must replace the mind's Love Of Power. If I have the Power Of Love, then I shall claim the whole World as my own … World Peace can be achieved when the Power Of Love replaces the Love Of Power." An even earlier statement of Chinmoy is found in Meditations: Food For The Soul (1970): "When the power of love replaces the love of power, man will have a new name: God."

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„Only he who has the power to punish can pardon.“

—  Ali cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad 599 - 661

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„The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
Context: The dissident does not operate in the realm of genuine power at all. He is not seeking power. He has no desire for office and does not gather votes. He does not attempt to charm the public, he offers nothing and promises nothing. He can offer, if anything, only his own skin — and he offers it solely because he has no other way of affirming the truth he stands for. His actions simply articulate his dignity as a citizen, regardless of the cost.

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„We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: But there is another way. And that is to organize mass non-violent resistance based on the principle of love. It seems to me that this is the only way as our eyes look to the future. As we look out across the years and across the generations, let us develop and move right here. We must discover the power of love, the power, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that we will be able to make of this old world a new world. We will be able to make men better. Love is the only way.

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