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Who said "with great power comes great responsibility" first?

Who said "with great power comes great responsibility" first?

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    Although commonly attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt or Stan Lee via Ben "uncle of Peter" Parker, we can attribute the earliest usage of this phrase to Voltaire.

    Source(s): Voltaire. Jean, Adrien. Beuchot, Quentin and Miger, Pierre, Auguste. "Œuvres de Voltaire, Volume 48". Lefèvre, 1832
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  • ulrich
    Lv 4
    3 years ago

    With Great Power

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  • 4 years ago

    Responsibility

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  • Anonymous
    9 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 spider man, Franklin D Rosevelt and even Winston churchil 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.

    If you can remember the name of this book during said argument in friday night pub ramble then you have definitely earned your pint.

    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.

    Source(s): Source: Voltaire. Jean, Adrien. Beuchot, Quentin and Miger, Pierre, Auguste. "Œuvres de Voltaire, Volume 48". Lefèvre, 1832
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    • Kaleb6 years agoReport

      In the source area, you should probably have given credit to the website you stole your entire answer from.
      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Who_said_that_with_great_power_comes_great_responsibility

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Einstien

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  • 9 years ago

    Uncle Ben in "Spiderman" when Spiderman was fighting the ooze life form on his black suit.

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