Quotes: Drunk with Power

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    real life 

Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

But it also rocks absolutely.
Larry Kersten, sociologist and author

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.

The nature of power is such that even those who have not sought it, but have had it forced upon them, tend to acquire a taste for more.
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited

Power is a very unusual weapon. It’s like a sword whose hilt, as well as the blade, is razor sharp so that when you grasp it, it’s not only cutting the people you’re using it on, it’s cutting into you by changing you.
Robert Caro, historian

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are almost always bad men.
John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton

Suetonius' case history (and it is precisely that) of Domitian is particularly fascinating. An intelligent man of some harm, trained to govern, Domitian upon succeeding the Principate at first contented himself with tearing the wings off flies, an infantile pastime which gradually palled until, inevitably, for flies he substituted men... In terror for their lives, haunted by dreams and omens, giddy with domination, it is no wonder that actual insanity was often the Cesarean refuge from a reality so intoxicating.
Gore Vidal, The Twelve Caesars

Saying 'power corrupts' is stating something so obvious we feel stupid even typing it. It's like saying elevators elevate.

SBTB's spurious Highschool United Nations set-up works because there's an unspoken agreement lingering beneath the surface of every interaction. Sure, the jock, the geek, the brain; all the archetypes are kicking it together, but each knows their place within the social pecking order. The Beauty and the Screech exposes the lie, when one of their number is accidentally catapulted through the social glass ceiling. If there's a lesson to be taken from this, it's that you give those nerds an inch, and they'll take a fuckin' mile.
Stuart Millard on Saved by the Bell ("The Beauty and the Screech"), So Excited, So Scared

David: Bruce comments on how the sonar phone server is “beautiful,” while Lucius bitches about it being “unethical.”
Chris: I think “bitching” is a little harsh, Uzi.
David: How can one man have so much power? The clock’s tickin’, I just count the hours. Stop trippin, I’m trippin’ off the power.
Chris: Kanye was actually the first choice to play Batman.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on The Dark Knight

    fiction 

Ivy: Being an RA is so fucking awesome. These girls listen to me. They'll do whatever I tell them to!
Benjy: Maybe Cheryl, but the ones who have their shit together don't—
Ivy: I'M DRUNK WITH POWER.
Bobwhite

Just a taste of Armageddon, Romana. It’s what happens when acquisitive minds are left unencumbered by conscience.
Big Finish Doctor Who, War Against the Laan

Perhaps I should instead reign, as is my right, as no mere Princess. What sayest thee to that? Should I crown myself as Equestria’s unchallenged, uncompromised, undimmed Queen? ...what you are suggesting is the path that lead Celestia to becoming Corona. And it is not merely one step on that path, but rather a headlong gallop down its length.

Rose: Power, it always corrupts.
Gnarl: Ha, that's half the fun!

Rich isn't so difficult. Famous isn't so difficult. Rich and famous together aren't so difficult. Rich, famous, and doing good—now, that's very difficult.
Jan Schlichtmann, A Civil Action

Kevin: What are you all staring at? Do you think I've gone mad, mad with power? Well you're RIGHT. Perkins, from now on you work under your your desk. (hits desk) I said under your desk, man... Don't bother me, worm. I would have you fired if I had a little *more* power. I've gone mad with my *moderate* amount of power."

Do you have any idea how good this feels? I did this. Tiny, little Wheatley did this! [...] All you've ever done is boss me around! Well now who's the boss? Who's the boss? It's me.
Wheatley, Portal 2

Goofy: Chapter 3: Who needs friends when you've got POWER.
House of Mouse, "Sandwich Makers"

Aide: Sir, I think you've gone mad with power.
EPA Head: Of course I have! Have you ever tried going mad without power? It's boring. Nobody listens to you.

"It's beautiful! IT'S ALL MINE! ALL THIS STUFF IS MINE! THAT'S MINE, THIS IS MINE, IT'S ALL MINE! I HAVE COMPLETE POWER! IT'S ALL MINE!"