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Who said that with great power comes great responsibility?


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2014-11-27 23:53:51
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Despite what Marvel and the movies would have us believe, this epic and powerful quote does not come from a Hollywood script writing team but from the revolutionary ridden and passionate literary haven that was 19th century France.

Credit has been given to Stan Lee writer of Spiderman, Franklin D Roosevelt, and even Winston Churchill at various stages; however, the first literary record of this can be attributed to Francois-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire.

Much like Victor Hugo, Voltaire was disturbed by the sickening abuse of authority and privilege by those in power whilst the poor and deprived starved and suffered around him.

Much of Voltaire's work reflects on this theme, however it was in "�uvres de Voltaire, Volume 48" that we first hear the direct use of this phrase. [EDIT: This is highly questionable. There is nothing I could find in Voltaire's work that was actually resembling this quote. Instead, the quote seems to come from William Lamb, a former English Prime Minister, as said in 1817:
Hansard, Thomas Curson. "Habeus Corpus Suspension Bill." The Parliamentary Debates From The Year 1803 To The Present Time. Vol. 36. London: T.C. Hansard, 1817. 1127. Print.

Check out page 1127 of the publication on google books; left top.]

Of course in Spiderman's case it was just as apt as when first directed at those who Voltaire believed to be wicked, corrupt and everything that was rotten in France at the time.


Voltaire. Jean, Adrien. Beuchot, Quentin and Miger, Pierre, Auguste. "�uvres de Voltaire, Volume 48." Lefèvre, 1832 Such a basic tenet is easy to find among the great and moderate thinkers all the way back to the bronze age. I'd like to put a credit in for Jesus Christ "To those who much is given much is required" Luke 12:48 circa 30 AD. No doubt others will find something similar amongst the Greek philosophers.


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With great power comes great responsibility is a line from the 2009 Spiderman movie. Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker (Spiderman) this line.

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I'm not too sure of the answer but my thoughts are that as power grows so does responsiblilty. as spiderman said with great power comes great responsiblility. the higher up you are in an organisation the more responsibility you have as you are having to 'look after' your subordinates.

Original version: "WITH GREAT POWER THERE MUST ALSO COME - - GREAT RESPONSIBILITY!" ~Stan Lee, in Amazing Fantasy #15(August 1962) - The first Spider-Man story.The answer above is completely wrong. The phrase was first seen in Voltaire's book, "Œuvres de Voltaire, Volume 48)"

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Although often attributed to Stan Lee via his character Uncle Ben, Spider-Man's Uncle, Voltaire was the first person to use (or at leash publish this phrase) and was probably the source of its popularity / notoriety. In fact we find records of a UK Member of Parliament in 1817 implying that a variant of it was already a cliché by this point.

Chairman Mao of China I believe

Night vision is a rare trait gifted by the supernatural. It does not depend on diet, but the supernatural. It will see the possession of rare qualities possessed by one. As Uncle Ben said, "with great power comes great responsibility". Ones who have the ability to use it for the greater good of the world and its citizens will be rewarded. If you personally want night vision, you will have to do great deeds t earn the respect of the supernatural. Its upto you.

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It is said I believe that basically all evils will cease and that the world will turn to God. So basiclly great!

Nero came to power in 54. he was said to have persecuted the Christians after the Great Fire of Rome of 64.

The most popular source of this quote is from Ben Parker, Peter Parker's uncle who raised him. These are of course fictional characters and the writing would be that of Stan Lee. However the phrase is of much more antiquated origins and quotes similar to it can be found all the way back to ancient Greece. One such would be Socrates 'rule worthy of might.' Spider-Man's Uncle Ben. There's an interesting article here: http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2005_10_06.html

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it is said that when you die you remain asleep, like if you had fainted. until a great day were God comes and takes his people.

his is not correct. Jesus said that no one comes to the father but through me.

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They say perfection comes through repetition

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