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Powerless Quotes and Sayings
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There may be times when we are powerless
to prevent injustice, but there must never
be a time when we fail to protest.
- Elie Wiesel

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We are powerless to redesign the world,
but we have infinite power to create our appreciation of it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People who are powerless make an open theater of violence.
- Don DeLillo

What we actually learn, from any given set of circumstances,
determines whether we become increasingly powerless or more powerful.
- Blaine Lee

 

Excessive fear is always powerless.
- Aeschylus

Time, whose tooth gnaws away everything else,
is powerless against truth.
- Thomas Huxley

Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.
- Blaise Pascal

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Public radio has always been so powerless.
- Bob Edwards

Sure you're powerless, sure you're just one person,
sure you can't change anything...
but you don't have to be miserable about it as well.
- Lydia Lunch

Our party has always been the voice of the powerless and the voiceless.
- Robert Casey

Men are strong so long as they represent a strong idea
they become powerless when they oppose it.
- Sigmund Freud

Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful.
- Molly Ivins

The exercise of power is determined by thousands of
interactions between the world of the powerful and that of the powerless,
all the more so because these worlds are never divided by a sharp line:
everyone has a small part of himself in both.
- Vaclav Havel

Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories,
ruled by a complacent, greedy elite,
and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?
- Camille Paglia

It is in the power of every individual to do that which
the community as a whole is powerless to effect.
- William Thomas Stead

I regret to say that we of the FBI are powerless to
act in cases of oral-genital intimacy,
unless it has in some way obstructed interstate commerce.
- J. Edgar Hoover

People feel powerless and useless in the world.
But they can buy something.
It can give them a sense of value, of power.
- Daphne Zuniga

Washing one's hands of the conflict between the powerful
and the powerless means to side with the powerful,
not to be neutral.
- Paulo Freire

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are,
as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and
evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne

An administration without a police executive is powerless
and there were many proofs of this.
- Hans Frank

The Cold War was waged in a particularly brutal and cynical way in Africa,
and Africa seemed powerless to do anything to stop it.
- Ryszard Kapuscinski

A man is truly free, even here in this embodied state,
if he knows that God is the true agent and he by himself
is powerless to do anything.
- Ramakrishna

Though intelligence is powerless to modify character,
it is a dab hand at finding euphemisms for its weaknesses.
- Quentin Crisp

I was in Jersey when the whole World Trade Center thing
happened and I felt powerless.
So, I went to Hawaii and did a surf movie.
It's kind of fluffy.
- Michelle Rodriguez

The circulating medium being issued only by those who labor,
they would suddenly become invested with all the wealth and all the power;
and those who did not labor,
be they ever so rich now, would as suddenly become poor and powerless.
- Josiah Warren

We mostly feel fearful because we feel powerless.
We feel powerless, I contend, because of a style of
thinking that splits information in two poles that
makes us lose all the operative information we need to solve the problem.
- Patricia Sun

But whether the Constitution really be one thing,
or another, this much is certain - that it has either
authorized such a government as we have had,
or has been powerless to prevent it.
In either case, it is unfit to exist.
- Lysander Spooner

I grew up under Thatcher.
I grew up believing that I was fundamentally powerless.
Then gradually over the years it occurred to me that
this was actually a very convenient myth for the state.
- Thom Yorke

This circulating medium has a natural tendency to lessen
by degrees the value and the use of money,
and finally to render it powerless; and consequently
to sweep away all the crushing masses of fraud,
iniquity, cruelty, corruption and imposition that are built upon it.
- Josiah Warren

It has been rightly said that nothing is unimportant,
nothing powerless in the universe; a single atom can dissolve everything,
and save everything!
What terror!
There lies the eternal distinction between good and evil.
- Gerard De Nerval

The national Democratic Party has embraced abortion on demand.
I believe this position is wrong in principle and out
of the mainstream of our party's historic commitment
to protecting the powerless.
- Robert Casey

Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate
the image he had of them,
so women, who live in a relatively powerless position,
politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind
of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female.
- Susan Griffin

Women are the only exploited group in history to have
been idealized into powerlessness.
- Erica Jong

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others,
nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.
- Theodor Adorno

Any man who has ever tried to use political power for
the common good has felt an awful sense of powerlessness.
- Robert Casey

In his state of complete powerlessness the individual
perceives the time he has left to live as a brief reprieve.
- Theodor Adorno

If absolute power corrupts absolutely,
does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
- Harry Shearer

I think in the case of horror, it's a chance to confront
a lot of your worse fears and those fears usually have to do,
ironically, with powerlessness and isolation.
- Adam Arkin

A voice is a human gift; it should be cherished and used,
to utter fully human speech as possible.
Powerlessness and silence go together.
- Margaret Atwood

Power should not be concentrated in the hands of so few,
and powerlessness in the hands of so many.
- Maggie Kuhn

Fat is a way of saying no to powerlessness and self-denial.
- Susie Orbach

Collectively, we must do more than simply watch,
with resignation and a feeling of powerlessness,
reports on the evening news about the latest terrorist atrocity.
- Michael Jeffery

We Can Do It!
- WW II US Government Poster

Love men and women not for their strength
but their softness,
not for their fullness but their hunger,
not for their plenty but their need.
- Anais Nin
(paraphrase)

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

I, with a deeper instinct,
choose a man who compels my strength,
who makes enormous demands on me,
who does not doubt my courage or my toughness,
who does not believe me naive or innocent,
who has the courage to treat me like a woman.
- Anais Nin

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

Friendship is not possible between two women
one of whom is very well dressed.
- Laurie Colwin

Men kick friendship around like a football,
but it doesn't seem to crack.
Women treat it like glass and it goes to pieces.
- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

The difference between men friends and women friends
is that men tend to do things together,
women tend to just be together.
- Art Jahnke

Whenever a man or women is truly inspired,
it is because the same One Universal Spirit
is doing the inspiring.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm always rather nervous about how you talk
about women who are active in politics,
whether they want to be talked about as women or as politicians.
- John F. Kennedy

Women don't want to hear what you think.
Women want to hear what they think -
in a deeper voice.
- Bill Cosby

Women must try to do things as men have tried.
When they fail their failure must be
but a challenge to others.
- Amelia Earhart

Women must pay for everything.
They do get more glory than men for comparable feats,
but, they also get more notoriety when they crash.
- Amelia Earhart

Achievement seems to be connected with action.
Successful men and women keep moving.
They make mistakes, but they don't quit.
- Conrad Hilton

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Women are like teabags.
We don't know our true strength
until we are in hot water!
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The real ornament of woman is her character, her purity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Women who seek to be equal with men lack ambition.
- Marilyn Monroe

Men and women belong to different species and communications
between them is still in its infancy.
- Bill Cosby

Men and women are not prisoners of fate,
but only prisoners of their own minds.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Well-behaved women seldom make history.
- Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure.
I make mistakes, I am out of control
and at times hard to handle.
But if you can't handle me at my worst,
then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.
- Marilyn Monroe

To a philosopher all news,
as it is called, is gossip,
and they who edit and read it
are old women over their tea.
- Henry David Thoreau

I want to live darkly and richly in my femaleness.
- Anais Nin

All successful people men and women are big dreamers.
They imagine what their future could be,
ideal in every respect,
and then they work every day toward
their distant vision,
that goal or purpose.
- Brian Tracy

Not only is women's work never done,
the definition keeps changing.
- Bill Copeland

My decision to register women confirms what is already obvious
throughout our society -
that women are now providing
all types of skills in every profession.
The military should be no exception.
- Jimmy Carter

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
- Fay Weldon

The extension of women's rights is the basic principle of all social progress.
- Charles Fourier


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