"The sole advantage of power is that you can do more good."
by:
Baltasar Gracian
(1601-1658) Spanish philosopher and writer
Source:
The Art of Worldly Wisdom, 1647
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Too general to be a rule but, I guess if "good" is defined in a political setting as administering a de jure ordering of rights and justice - within a very limited representative republican form of government, then, it is much more accurate than not.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    And the primary danger of power is that you can do more evil. Power, like a weapon or tool, is neither good nor bad. The intent of the one who wields the power governs the result.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Having read the book as a young man, it is the subtilty, deceiving your fellow man and the dupe of socialism through ambassadorship. Old world tactics and the shedding of much blood. The Spanish inquisition comes to mind. Tactics of passive overthrow.
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    I can count those who fall into this category on one hand... and I still have a few fingers left over....
     -- Robert, Somewhere in the USA     
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