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Quotations about power

John Adams – The jaws of power are always opened

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John AdamsThe jaws of power are always opened to devour and her arm is always stretched out, if possible, to destroy the freedom of thinking, speaking, and writing.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
A Dissertation on the Canon and Federal Law

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Jame Mattis – Powers of intimidation and inspiration

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Jame MattisAmerica has two fundamental powers. One is the power of intimidation. I was part of it and America will defend herself and our idea, this experiment that we call America. And that’s all it is, is an experiment in democracy. But the other power I think that perhaps we have used less in recent years, last 20 years maybe, is the power of inspiration. And I think that the power of inspiration of America at times has got to be employed just as strongly.

Jame Mattis   (1950-)
Senate confirmation hearing

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow – Judge the power of a book

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Henry Wadsworth LongfellowMany readers judge of the power of a book by the shock it gives their feelings – as some savage tribes determine the power of muskets by their recoil; that being considered best which fairly prostrates the purchaser.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow  

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Edmund Burke – Once intoxicated with power

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Edmund BurkeThose who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though for but one year, can never willingly abandon it.

Edmund Burke   (1729-1797)

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John Adams – My political creed

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John AdamsThe fundamental article of my political creed is that despotism, or unlimited sovereignty, or absolute power, is the same in a majority of a popular assembly, an aristocratic council, an oligarchical junto, and a single emperor.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

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Benazir Bhutto – Whenever I am in power, good things happen

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Benazir BhuttoI find that whenever I am in power, or my father was in power, somehow good things happen. The economy picks up, we have good rains, water comes, people have crops. I think the reason this happens is that we want to give love and we receive love.

Benazir Bhutto   (1953-2007)

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John Adams – There is danger from all men

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John AdamsThere is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.

John Adams   (1735-1826)
Notes for an Oration at Braintree

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Abigail Adams – Man is a dangerous creature

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Abigail AdamsI am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature; and that power, whether vested in many or a few, is ever grasping, and, like the grave, cries, “Give, give!”

Abigail Adams   (1744-1818)
Letter to John Adams

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P.J. O’Rourke – We shouldn’t test people for drugs

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No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we’re looking for the sources of our troubles, we shouldn’t test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed, and love of power.

P.J. O’Rourke  

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