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GMAT Essay Topic 555 - "Of all the manifestations * of power, restraint in the use of that power impresses people most." * manifestations: apparent signs or indicators Explain what you think this quotation means and discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with it. Develop your position with reasons and/or specific examples drawn from history, current events, or your own experience, observations, or reading.

Author: ANONYMOUS | Date: September 8, 2006 | Score:5.5

Some people argue that "of all the manifestations" of power, restraint in the use of that power impresses people most. I agree, whatever the power is big or not, restraint in the use of that power does impress people most, for the consequences of the power being used influence people a ...

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