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Powerlessness

  • Everything is chance, or nothing is chance. If I believed the first, I would be unable to live on, but I am not yet fully convinced of the second.

  • ... silence and invisibility go hand in hand with powerlessness ...

  • Generally speaking, violence always arises out of impotence. It is the hope of those who have no power ...

    • Hannah Arendt,
    • 1967 in Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Hannah Arendt ()
  • At times it is strangely sedative to know the extent of your own powerlessness.

  • ... it is immoral for powerless people to accept this powerlessness. They may not succeed in getting power but they can fight for it, and if enough fight for it, it makes it very difficult for the people with the big sticks.

    • Jane Jacobs,
    • in Elizabeth Janeway, ed., The Writer's World ()
  • The maxims for success laid out by the powerful are never much good as guides for those who aren't powerful.

  • Powerlessness corrupts. Absolute powerlessness corrupts absolutely.