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Random awesomeness, or awesome randomness[edit]

I made a tiny edit to this page (just formatting). To do that, I had to log in. Clicked the login button up the top, entered user name and password, and was given the following:

You are now logged in to Wikiquote as "Rosuav".
Logging you in to projects of the Wikimedia Foundation:
Return to Power.

Yeah, I'd like that!! :D

Rosuav 01:19, 21 July 2010 (UTC)


Published sources should be provided before moving these back into the article
  • The strong rules and the weak are their slaves - and no one is stronger than me.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else!
  • Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. Study hard, be evil.
  • 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.
  • The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
  • 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.
  • The real test of character is how you treat someone who has no possibility of doing you any good.

Kershner quote[edit]

The quote by Howard Kershner, that, When a self-governing people confer upon their government the power to take from some and give to others, the process will not stop until the last bone of the last taxpayer is picked bare. is explicitly about power, namely, government power and belongs on this page. -- 00:28, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

And? I can't find any proof of that the quote meets WQ:QUOTABILITY, the quote is not from a notable author and it's not widely quoted by reliable sources. So unitil that quote meets that policy it will not stay here. Rupert Loup 00:35, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
  1. Is the quote verifiably sourced? Yes
  2. Is the quote original to the author to whom or work to which it is being attributed? Yes
  3. Is the subject of the quote a notable subject? Is it about a broad theme of the human experience such as Love, Justice, or Loneliness? Or is it about a narrow or mundane topic, like porcupines, lunch meat, or that new car smell? If the quote is about a mundane topic, does the author have particular expertise on that topic? If the quote is about another person, is that other person highly notable? The subject of the quote is notable and broad in its theme.
  4. Is the author or work from which the quote comes notable? If so, are they very notable, moderately notable, barely notable? Are they notable as a source of quotes (i.e., as a poet, pundit, or Yogi Berra)? Kershner was a 20th-century economist
  5. Is the quote itself particularly witty, pithy, wise, eloquent, or poignant? It is witty and pithy
  6. Is the quote itself independently well known (as with proverbs and certain well-reported comments)? No
  7. Has the quote stood the test of time? Yes

6 out of 7 is not bad. It passes the test. -- 00:54, 16 February 2020 (UTC)

That's not how you prove quotability. The source is not a reliable source, the Author is not notable, to be notable he should have gained sufficiently significant attention by the world at large and over a period of time. The quote has not mantained endurance factor. Rupert Loup 01:30, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
it is how you prove quotability. It's right at the start of WQ:QUOTABILITY. Have you not read this? -- 01:33, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
I'm referring specifically to the points in the start of the policy. So yes. Stop warring. The source that you cited don't even cite the work in where he supposed said that, so it outright fails the first point in the policy. Rupert Loup 01:54, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
the Foundation for Economic Education is a reliable source. If you bothered to visit the source you wouldn't see this. Stop edit warring rupert, and don't revert this edit. -- 02:36, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
He will revert if you do not provide the source and it is not reliable. DawgDeputy (talk) 13:22, 16 February 2020 (UTC)
the source is provided and is reliable. --2001:8003:4085:8100:D557:F3E5:F16A:B3A8 20:28, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

Excessive obscure quotes and pov pushing[edit]

These quotes by Amitab (who is of doubtful notability, he has no wikipedia page) were recently added , the quotes are obscure and only published once in a news blog. (NewsClick website blog)

The quote is also in about 10 other wikiquote articles.

This is a high level article. This article should have more quotes from books, rather than websites or newspapers, that have timeless quotability. --დამოკიდებულება (talk) 10:25, 3 October 2020 (UTC)