Who originally said the quote, " With great power, comes great responsibility"?

Not counting Spiderman, unless it seriously did originate from Uncle Ben in Spiderman..Thank You!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Stan Lee does not appear to be quoting directly. Strictly speaking the currently used version is also a misquote and was not originally spoken by Uncle Ben.

    While the FDR quote is close it seems unlikely Lee would know it as the speech was never even made, merely published later.

    Some stories link Lee to the lines from Luke, but if so I would consider it an influence or source for the idea rather than a quotation.

    Overall I think we can give Stan Lee the credit.

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    • Brianna2 years agoReport

      Voltaire said it first:with great power come great responsibility others though prefer a more recent attribution citing peter Parker’s uncle Ben in Spiderman Winston churchall said:The price of greatness is responsibility

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  • 3 years ago

    Quotes About Responsibility

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    4 years ago

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  • 4 years ago

    The first publication of this idea is in the 1793 French National Convention which stated : “They must consider that great responsibility follows inseparably from great power.” (original French version: Ils doivent envisager qu’une grande responsabilité est la suite inséparable d’un grand pouvoir)

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  • 5 years ago

    While the Bible, Voltaire, etc spoke to the same point in a similar way, I like Stan Lee's version better, as being cleaner and simpler, very very memorable. And Lee was, in his way, an innovator, I'm inclined to think he thought it up himself (with those other phrases as "unconscious backdrop", maybe). It is, after all the core theme of the Spider-Man comic and speaks to exactly why he has remained so popular; just an "ordinary" guy, on the threshold of adulthood even(!), finding within himself that determination to *keep going* because he simply has to, because so many others depend on him... we see this over and over again in the comic.

    There's also "Freedom is the recognition of necessity", variously attributed to Marx, Engels, and Castro--but, again, it's more obscure and less straightforward. Lee has always had a true gift for speaking pithily to the common man, and I salute him. Excelsior, Stan! :)

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  • 6 years ago

    Parliamentary Debates FROM THE YEAR 1803 TO THE PRESENT TIME, T.C. Hansard.

    The Quote is:" that the possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility" page, 614

    1227] HOUSE OF COMMONS, . Habeas Corput Suspension Bill. (1803-1817)

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    • Apropos the exact phrase "with great power goes great responsibility" was spoken by J. Hector Fezandie in an 1894 graduation address at The Stevens Institute of Technology - "The Moral Influence of a Scientific Education", The Stevens Indicator, Volume 11, Page 217.

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  • 5 years ago

    Francois-Marie Arouet aka Voltaire. But you can joke about it and say: " with great power, comes great electricity bill"

    • Dustin5 years agoReport

      and his name contributes to the humor VOLTAIRE OR VOLT ELECTRICITY BILL LOL

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  • 5 years ago

    JOR-El did! Supermans Father, in the first movie.. said these words as he explained to Kal El before he became superman in the fortress of solitude

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  • 5 years ago

    Stan Lee.

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  • 6 years ago

    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 Rosevelt 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 "Œuvres de Voltaire, Volume 48" that we first hear the direct use of this phrase.

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    • JOR-El did! Supermans Father, in the first movie.. said these words as he explained to Kal El before he became superman in the fortress of solitude

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