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Quotes of the Day for 16 July 2003 – Power

At the end of the afternoon on Monday, the normal supply of power here simply stopped. I raced around shutting down computers before their battery power was exhausted, and said some very undignified things about the battery supply that completely failed for one server. Then I shut down everything possible to keep the key servers running as long as possible. And when power was restored, I had to bring all the systems back up, no small task with some fifteen interdependent computers. So there was no QOTD mailing yesterday, and power was on my mind as I prepared for today, even if none of these quotes address the electrical power.

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The quotes:

If you tell the truth, you have infinite power supporting you; but if not, you have infinite power against you.
     - Charles Gordon

The man who fears nothing is as powerful as he who is feared by everybody.
     - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, 1759 - 1805

Mankind is safer when men seek pleasure than when they seek the power and the glory.
     - Geoffrey Gorer

We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves.
     - Michael Crichton

Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men the most.
     - Thucyclides

Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't.
     - Margaret Thatcher


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