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

Man is made or unmade by himself. By the right choice he ascends. As a being of power, intelligence, and love, and the lord of his own thoughts, he holds the key to every situation. (James Allen)

When we blame, we give away our power. (Greg Anderson)

We had a dim premonition that power-mad gangsters would one day use art itself as a way of deadening men's minds. (Hans Jean Arp)

You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. (Marcus Aurelius)

So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth. (Baha'u'llah)

Art is power. It can influence perception, opinion and values. And the artist who creates, uses his paintbrush to focus on a moment in time... recording those things that touch the heart. (Nina Baldwin)

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. (Honore de Balzac)

The power of art is not in communication but effect; what it does, not what it relates. (Darby Bannard)

Power is like money. Some know how to get it; few know how to use it. (Darby Bannard)

We've got to remember that we are the boss of the paintings we produce and can do anything with them! (Mike Barr)

What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it. (Alexander Graham Bell)

Power is the capacity to translate intention into reality and sustain it. (Warren G. Bennis)

Therefore it's time to show that art means the power of creativity, and it's time to define art in a larger way, to include science and religion, too. (Joseph Beuys)

The purpose of getting power is to be able to give it away. (Aneurin Bevan)

Word of mouth is very powerful. (Jeff Bezos)

You are very powerful, providing you know how powerful you are. (Yogi Bhajan)

compulsion, n. The eloquence of power. (Ambrose Bierce)

The world is more malleable than you think and it's waiting for you to hammer it into shape. (Bono)

Art has more power when there is more of a person's soul in it. (Kelly Borsheim)

Everything is generated through your own will power. (Ray Bradbury)

Only powerfully conceived images have the ability to penetrate the memory, to stay there, in short to become unforgettable. (Gyula Halasz, Brassai)

The effect of sparkling rainwater on grass or corn, seen contra jour is as powerful as the sparkling sea. (Stephen Brown)

It is in the intellectual and emotional response, the conscious and subconscious associations of the artist, that the potential power of painting lies. (Thomas S. Buechner)

Power is so characteristically calm, that calmness in itself has the aspect of strength. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. (Leo Buscaglia)

Use power to help people... not to advance our own purposes nor to make a great show in the world, nor a name. There is but one just use of power and it is to serve people. (George W. Bush)

The greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience. (Horace Bushnell)

- The Secret...
You are the most powerful magnet in the universe! You contain a magnetic power within you that is more powerful than anything in this world, and this unfathomable magnetic power is emitted through your thoughts. (Rhonda Byrne)

Your power is in your thoughts, so stay awake. In other words, remember to remember. (Rhonda Byrne)

We know from myths and fairy tales that there are many different kinds of powers in this world. One child is given a light saber, another a wizard's education. The trick is not to amass all the different kinds of power, but to use well the kind you've been granted. (Susan Cain)

-CNN.com, March 18, 2012...
We've known about the transcendent power of solitude for centuries; it's only recently that we've forgotten it. (Susan Cain)

When we are angry or depressed in our creativity, we have misplaced our power. We have allowed someone else to determine our worth, and then we are angry at being undervalued. (Julia Cameron)

Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging. (Joseph Campbell)

Almost everything we'll ever do in life that is really powerful, that really produces a result in our lives, that quantum-leaps us to a new level... requires us to do something uncomfortable. (Jack Canfield)

The primary mode of experiencing images is non-verbal... but once it's brought out into the light of the day, what's understood by the subconscious intuitive mind can be better grasped by the conscious rational mind. Aligning the two produces powerful results. (John Paul Caponigro)

Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, and its power of endurance - the cheerful man will do more in the same time, will do it better, will preserve it longer, than the sad or sullen. (Thomas Carlyle)

Knowledge isn't power until it is applied. (Dale Carnegie)

-on paintings by Lawren Harris...
I have never felt anything like the power of those canvases. They seem to have called to me from some other world, sort of an answer to a great longing. As I came through the mountains I longed so to cast off my earthly body and float away through the great pure spaces between the peaks, up the quiet green ravines into the high, pure, clean air. Mr. Harris has painted those very spaces, and my spirit seems able to leave my body and roam among them. They make me so happy. (Emily Carr)

It doesn't matter how one was brought up. What determines the way one does anything is personal power. (Carlos Castaneda)

Soul is when you take a song and make it a part of you - a part that's so true, so real, people think it must have happened to you. It's like electricity - we don't really know what it is, but it's a force that can light a room. (Ray Charles)

Wealth is power. With wealth many things are possible. (George S. Clason)

I will not be triumphed over. (Cleopatra)

The world has always been more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power. (Bill Clinton)

Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment. (Robert Collier)

The greatest power is often simple patience. (E. Joseph Cossman)

Don't give up your power. (Billy Crystal)

The minute you don't want power, you'll have more than you ever dreamed possible. (Ram Dass)

Any form of art is a form of power; it has impact, it can affect change – it can not only move us, it makes us move. (Ossie Davis)

One never paints violently enough. (Eugene Delacroix)

We build muscles that are yet unknown to us. We gradually swerve into the land of unselfconscious creativity... the most powerful thing in the world. You CAN do it. (Jack Dickerson)

As a work progresses, its power to elicit and dictate response mounts. There seems to be an optimum moment when this power is at its greatest which just precedes the point where 'elicit' is no longer apt usage. 'Dictates' is the word for this condition and tyranny is the adversary. (Richard Diebenkorn)

Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power. (Benjamin Disraeli)

Honing a thing down until you can still get through with economy, that's power. (William Dobell)

Today knowledge has power. It controls access to opportunity and advancement. (Peter Drucker)

Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. (John Dryden)

Do not wander out of the present lest you give up your power to act upon it. 'Now' is where you belong. (Nic East)

There is no knowledge that is not power. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

As the Dalai Lama says, 'If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito!' (Yulanda Faris)

If you can't make good art, make it big and paint it red. (Vernon Fisher)

I truly believe that we have infinite levels of power that we don't even know are available to us. (Michael J. Fox)

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers. (Erich Fromm)

I have learned through bitter experience the one supreme lesson to conserve my anger, and as heat conserved is transmitted into energy, even so our anger controlled can be transmitted into a power that can move the world. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Properly channeled, common feelings of inadequacy lead to powers of accomplishment. (Robert Genn)

We were a silent, hidden thought in the folds of oblivion, and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble. (Kahlil Gibran)

Beware of dissipating your powers; strive constantly to concentrate them. Genius thinks it can do whatever it sees others doing, but is sure to repent of every ill-judged outlay. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

I cannot do without something greater than I, something that is my life – the power to create. (Vincent van Gogh)

The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good. (Baltasar Gracian)

Once, power was considered a masculine attribute. In fact, power has no sex. (Katharine Graham)

We all have the inner creative power to create our world. (Mary A. Gravelle)

It is not what is seen on the surface that counts, but what is not seen. This root is what matters... In the unseen root, the real power, the real strength of an object lies. (Shoji Hamada)

Only he deserves power who every day justifies it. (Dag Hammarskjold)

Quantum Physics shows us that we are all masters of our reality, and we have the power to change that reality with our intentions... (Carla Hannaford)

Acting as your own sovereign power, grant yourself oblivion for past offences. (Henry S. Haskins)

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)

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace. (Jimi Hendrix)

Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. (Robert Henri)

When your desires are strong enough you will appear to possess superhuman powers to achieve. (Napoleon Hill)

I endeavor to trigger positive, empowering, life-giving emotion - I believe art is that powerful. (Gary Holland)

The objective laws of form and color help to strengthen a person's powers and to expand his creative gift. (Johannes Itten)

I like a little rebellion now and then. It is like a storm in the atmosphere. (Thomas Jefferson)

A positive thinker grounded in his or her spirituality is the most powerful person on the face of the planet. (Dennis Merritt Jones)

He can only obey the apparently alien impulse within him and follow where it leads, sensing that his work is greater than himself, and wields a power which is not his and which he cannot command. (Carl Gustav Jung)

The little things? The little moments? They aren't little. (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

The impact of the acute angle of a triangle on a circle produces an effect no less powerful than the finger of God touching the finger of Adam in Michelangelo. (Wassily Kandinsky)

The power that impels the human spirit forward and upward on this untrammeled path is the abstract spirit... (Wassily Kandinsky)

The possession of power unavoidably spoils the free use of reason. (Immanuel Kant)

Power is the ability to get things done. (Rosabeth Moss Kanter)

There is value in being free and spontaneous but the greatest power comes from seeing and using what results from that freedom. (Carole Katchen)

Placing the blame or judgment on someone else leaves you powerless to change your experience. Taking responsibility for your beliefs and judgments gives you the power to change them. (Byron Katie)

Any medium powerful enough to extend man's reach is powerful enough to topple his world. (Alan Kay)

Love is a mighty power, a great and complete good; Love alone lightens every burden, and makes the rough places smooth. (Thomas a Kempis)

The spirit of a person's life is ever shedding some power, just as a flower is steadily bestowing fragrance upon the air. (T. Starr King)

Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men. (Martin Luther King, Jr.)

The power is in the balance: we are our injuries, as much as we are our successes. (Barbara Kingsolver)

That's why my work is now more powerful and less arbitrary, as if seen by another person, and illuminated from outside. (Oskar Kokoschka)

There is an incredible power released when you don't quite get what you want yet find a way to remain happy. (Adam Kreek)

I'm trying to engage issues of power and sexuality and money and life and death and power. Power is the most free-flowing element in society, maybe next to money, but in fact they both motor each other. (Barbara Kruger)

The most important thing about power is to make sure you don't have to use it. (Edwin Land)

My whole mission in life is to help us find the power we lack to create the world we want. (Frances Moore Lappe)

Enormous enlargements of an object or a fragment give it a personality it never had before, and in this way, it can become a vehicle of entirely new lyric and plastic power. (Fernand Leger)

Art gives us power. I see it as power over ourselves – over our energy, perception and motivational systems. (Lynda Lehmann)

Ignore what a man desires and you ignore the very source of his power. (Walter Lippmann)

-Every Day Art, volume 35, Spring, 1957
I paint the ocean - I think of its vastness - its power - its wetness. (Douglas Lockwood)

When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision - then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. (Audre Lorde)

Hiding our true thoughts and feelings is just one example of how we give our power away. (Lauren Mackler)

Speech is always less powerful than silence. (Ramana Maharshi)

With the pride of an artist, you must blow against the walls of every power that exists, the small trumpet of your defiance. (Norman Mailer)

I am one powerful self made up of so many selves that sometimes I throw myself a get-acquainted party. (Eric Maisel)

Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamed possible. This power becomes available to you just as soon as you can change your beliefs. (Maxwell Maltz)

Deep within man dwell those slumbering powers; powers that would astonish him, that he never dreamed of possessing; forces that would revolutionize his life if aroused and put into action. (Orison Swett Marden)

When you're out of willpower you call on stubbornness, that's the trick. (Henri Matisse)

Truth and reality in art do not arise until you no longer understand what you are doing and are capable of, but nevertheless sense a power that grows in proportion to your resistance. (Henri Matisse)

If dreams give you power, then I'm strong enough... (Reba McEntire)

Another illusion is that external events have the power to hurt you, that other people have the power to hurt you. They don't. It's you who give this power to them. (Anthony de Mello)

-b.372 BC d.289 BC...
There is a power in everything; it is the job of the artist to determine it and express it. (Mencius)

Poets and painters have the power to dare, I mean to dare to do whatever they may approve of... (Michelangelo)

If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind. (John Stuart Mill)

To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking. (Agnes de Mille)

It is the treating of the commonplace with the feelings of the sublime that gives to art its true power. (Jean-Francois Millet)

He who reins within himself and rules passions, desires, and fears is more than a king. (John Milton)

The thought come, 'Something is lacking!' has no power. The thought come, 'Something is lacking!' and believed, has big power. (Mooji)

We can create whatever our strength will allow, with no limitations or preconceived ideas merely because of our physical stature. It's something that can't be seen... it's one's creative spirit that holds the power. (Joye Moon)

Our power is our humility - sometimes more than our merit. Somewhere there is a middle ground. Finding it is the point. (Brad Michael Moore)

The power of the visible / is the invisible. (Marianne Moore)

I am the lizard king. I can do anything. (Jim Morrison)

-The Forgotten Garden...
Always remember, with a strong enough will, even the weak can wield great power. (Kate Morton)

It's possible to paint a monumental picture that's only 10 inches wide, if one has a sense of scale, which is very different from a sense of size. (Robert Motherwell)

Whenever you become empowered, you will be tested. (Caroline Myss)

Something is there, we do not know what. Something... like engine, like power, plenty of power, it does hard work, it pushes. (Berthe Kaline Naparrula)

I am not a human being, I am dynamite. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

If we are true, if we can love, if we have vision, if we can have courage, we can, we should, we ought to, we will... (Ben Okri)

The feminine is more powerful than the masculine, the soft is more powerful than the hard, the water is more powerful than the rock. (Osho)

Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit. (Ovid)

Whenever a negative thought concerning your personal power comes to mind, deliberately voice a positive thought to cancel it out. (Norman Vincent Peale)

An image is not necessarily the same thing as a painting, nor is a painting the same thing as art... it is all about paint. There's power in paint, though I can't say where that power comes from. (Melanie Peter)

Painting isn't a question of sensibility; it's a matter of seizing the power, taking over from nature, not expecting her to supply you with information and good advice. (Pablo Picasso)

Harness the power of peers. (Daniel H. Pink)

The measure of a man is what he does with power. (Plato)

I get a little itchy if I don't have some control. (Amy Poehler)

Properly, we should read for power. (Ezra Pound)

-The War of Art
When we sit down each day and do our work, power concentrates around us... Ideas come. Insights accrete. (Steven Pressfield)

Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind. (Marcel Proust)

To rule yourself is the ultimate power. (Latin proverb)

Art is indomitable. I can't think of a better reason to paint. (Faith Puleston)

Imagine standing on the shores of heaven – only a poet or a fellow artist could ever describe the place. Our minds are so powerful, and this has become our sanctuary from the realities of life. (Shivika Pussewela)

Nothing can add more power to your life than concentrating all your energies on a limited set of targets. (Nido Qubein)

The artist has a power of influence far beyond the apparent power that sways him, and a responsibility to remain cognizant of his role, especially as the world spirals deeper into materialism. Without the artist performing at his highest level the world is all but lost. (Karen Randall)

To see art is the material ability of this world; to feel it, is the divine power of an individual. (Ahsan Rauf)

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. (Charles Reade)

I need to simplify my compositions, make my statements, and sacrifice other (beautiful) areas of the canvas in order to keep my focal point powerful. By flitting all over the canvas and rendering details subordinate to my central point, I water down the power of the image. (Liz Reday)

The more distant and distinct the relationship between two realities that are brought together, the more powerful the image. (Pierre Reverdy)

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant. (Tony Robbins)

Personal power is the ability to take action. (Tony Robbins)

If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room. (Anita Roddick)

What is powerful is when what you say is just the tip of the iceberg of what you know. (Jim Rohn)

Nothing is less in our power than the heart, and far from commanding we are forced to obey it. (Jean-Jacques Rousseau)

There is no power on earth more formidable than the truth. (Margaret Lee Runbeck)

There is a satisfactory and available power in every one to learn drawing if he wishes, just as nearly all persons have the power of learning French, Latin or arithmetic, in a decent and useful degree. (John Ruskin)

I want every artist, good and bad, to clear away the demons that stopped me, feel empowered, and be able to make their own work so we can see the 'real' them. (Jerry Saltz)

An incomplete sketch superbly executed is power. (Richard Schmid)

- What Came from the Stars...
There is no Art made without power, and there is no reason for Art to be made except for power. (Gary D. Schmidt)

Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see. (Arthur Schopenhauer)

When we speak about our plans, a work in progress, or what we have done, we subtly change what has been, what is, and what will be. Speaking is a leak of personal power... (Robert Sesco)

-The Nature of Personal Reality, Session 654...
As far as you are concerned the present is your point of action, focus and power, and from that point of volition you form both your future and past. Realizing this, you will understand that you are not at the mercy of a past over which you have no control. (Seth)

Anger is a great force. If you control it, it can be transmuted into a power which can move the whole world. (William Shenstone)

- paraphrase of original quote by Arthur O'Shaughnessy...
A man with a dream of pleasure can go forth and conquer a crowd and three. With a new song's measure can trample a kingdom down. (Fred Shero)

My job in my work is not to acquire power; it's to question power. (Anna Deavere Smith)

My art presents nature. I isolate certain aspects of nature to gain emphasis, to make clear its power to affect us, to give the viewer an awareness that can be translated into a total unravelling of the cosmos. (Alan Sonfist)

Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. (John Steinbeck)

Power, after love, is the first source of happiness. (Stendhal)

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead one to sovereign power. (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

Once you accept the power of spine in the creative act, you will become much more efficient in your creativity. You will still get lost on occasion, but having a spine will anchor you. (Twyla Tharp)

The power is in you. The answer is in you. And you are the answer to all your searches: You are the goal. You are the answer. It's never outside. (Eckhart Tolle)

Power revealed is power sacrificed. The truly powerful exert their influence in ways unseen, unfelt. Some would say that a thing visible is a thing vulnerable. (Guillermo del Toro)

Creative power is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form. (Thomas Troward)

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power. (Lao Tzu)

What you love, you empower / And what you fear, you empower / And what you empower, you attract. (Author unknown)

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. (Alice Walker)

When an object or painting ceases to be a painting for a viewer and becomes an experience, that is an epiphany. That is the great power of art. (Coulter Watt)

I think people feel powerless because we don't have the time and the energy to go do the things that really make us happy. (Marcia Wieder)

Ultimately, the only power to which man should aspire is that which he exercises over himself. (Elie Wiesel)

The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks. (Tennessee Williams)

We are all meant to shine, as children do. We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. (Marianne Williamson)

The mind has exactly the same power as the hands; not merely to grasp the world, but to change it. (Colin Wilson)

Art is powerful – because it is useless. (Jack Wise)

The creative power which bubbles so pleasantly in beginning a new book quiets down after a time, and one goes on more steadily. Doubts creep in. Then one becomes resigned. Determination not to give in, and the sense of an impending shape keep one at it more than anything. (Virginia Woolf)

The world is too much with us; late and soon, / Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers; / Little we see in Nature that is ours; / We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon! (William Wordsworth)