We have, I fear, confused power with greatness.
-- Stewart L. Udall
An honest man can feel no pleasure in the exercise of power over his fellow citizens.
-- Thomas Jefferson
There are similarities between absolute power and absolute faith: a demand for absolute obedience, a readiness to attempt the impossible, a bias for simple solutions to cut the knot rather than unravel it, the viewing of compromise as surrender. Both absolute power and absolute faith are instruments of dehumanization. Hence, absolute faith corrupts as absolutely as absolute power.
-- Eric Hoffer