"What I fear most is power with impunity. I fear abuse of power, and the power to abuse."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Isabel Allende on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Isabel Allende on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Isabel Allende on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Isabel Allende on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Isabel Allende on Booker T. Washington
"I was born in ancient times, at the end of the world, in a patriarchal Catholic and conservative family. No wonder that by age five I was a raging feminist - although the term had not reached Chile yet, so nobody knew what the heck was wrong with me."
"For real change, we need feminine energy in the management of the world. We need a critical number of women in positions of power, and we need to nurture the feminine energy in men."
"In times of conflict, war, poverty or religious fundamentalism, women and children are the first and most numerous victims. Women need all their courage today."
"All stories interest me, and some haunt me until I end up writing them. Certain themes keep coming up: justice, loyalty, violence, death, political and social issues, freedom."
"I'm aware of the mystery around us, so I write about coincidences, premonitions, emotions, dreams, the power of nature, magic."
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