Quotes on American Power

We must recognize that we can't solve our problems now until there is a radical redistribution of economic and political power.... a radical restructuring of the architecture of American society. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Great American power and responsibility are not unprecedented, and have been used with restraint and great benefit in the past. We have not assumed that super strength guarantees super wisdom, and we have consistently reached out to the international community to ensure that our own power and influence are tempered by the best common judgment. Jimmy Carter
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The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. James Madison
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Out of the Indian approach to life there came a great freedom, an intense and absorbing respect for life, enriching faith in a Supreme Power, and principles of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guide to mundane relations. Black Elk
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I cured with the power that came through me. Black Elk
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American power worldwide is at its historic zenith. Zbigniew Brzezinski
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Money is power in American politics. It always has been. William Greider
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Politics is not about power. Paul Wellstone
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Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. Oprah Winfrey
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Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires ... June Jordan
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Everything is generated through your own will power. Ray Bradbury
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The real world of American society is one which it is very misleading to call simply a democracy. Of course, it is in a sense a democracy, but it is one in which there are enormous inequities in the distribution of power and force. For example, the entire commercial and industrial system is in principle excluded from the democratic process, including everything that goes on within it Noam Chomsky
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Our attitude toward our own culture has recently been characterized by two qualities, braggadocio and petulance. Braggadocio - empty boasting of American power, American virtue, American know-how - has dominated our foreign relations now for some decades. Here at home - within the family, so to speak - our attitude to our culture expresses a superficially different spirit, the spirit of petulance. Never before, perhaps, has a culture been so fragmented into groups, each full of its own virtue, each annoyed and irritated at the others. Daniel J Boorstin
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The black man in North America was sickest of all politically. He let the white man divide him into such foolishness as considering himself a black 'Democrat,' a black 'Republican,' a black 'Conservative,' or a black 'Liberal' ...when a ten-million black vote bloc could be the deciding balance of power in American politics, because the white man's vote is almost always evenly divided. Malcolm X
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We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine
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The problem with American power is not that it is American. The problem is simply the power. It would be dangerous even for an archangel to wield so much power. Timothy Garton Ash
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I think that Hillary Clinton has an appreciation that American power needs to be put in the service of American values, which is an American tradition and a pretty good one, and I think she was willing to do that. Daniel Fried
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We talk about freedoms for African-Americans but unless you have more than one option politically, how free are you? Lynn Swann
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. Thomas Jefferson
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An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. Thomas Jefferson
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When all government ...in little as in great things... shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power; it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as venal and oppressive as the government from which we separated. Thomas Jefferson
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American power in the world relies on these ideals of openness and critical debate. Joseph Nye
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I used to wish there was a useful term for those of us who thought American power should be used to remove psychopathic dictators. Christopher Hitchens
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The American Indians, the ancient Indians would say, the metaphysical ones would say: "Power binds us together." Power, for a while, makes us what we are, perceivers, luminous perceivers of reality. Frederick Lenz
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'Smart power' is the use of American power in ways that would help prevent and resolve conflict - not just send our military in. Hillary Clinton
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We have a deep sense of American equality and opportunity, and that informs the way in which we brought our American power to the world, because we thought that other nations were entitled to that same opportunity in a rules-based system. Daniel Fried
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There's a lot of power in executing data - generating data and executing data. Ken Thompson
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The power to do good is also the power to do harm. Milton Friedman
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He that has one eye is a prince among those that have none. Thomas Fuller
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The object of power is power. George Orwell
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You see what power is holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them. Amy Tan
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Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don't. Oskar Schindler
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I won't go back and live in the sea again. Janet Morris
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Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches. Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Wherever there is power there is age. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Our power is in our ability to decide. R Buckminster Fuller
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No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites. Friedrich Nietzsche
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Power educates the potentate. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character. J. G. Holland
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Power's twin is responsibility ... Willa Gibbs
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Some have little power to do good, and have likewise little strength to resist evil. Samuel Johnson
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The reputation of power IS power. Thomas Hobbes
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Power is the first good. Ralph Waldo Emerson
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All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria. Mason Cooley
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Will power defeats all powers Aftab Alam
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You, Roman, remember to rule peoples with your power. -Tu regere imperio populos, Romane, memento Virgil
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Pretension is nothing; power is everything. Edwin Percy Whipple
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Who holds a power but newly gained is ever stern of mood. Aeschylus
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Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Les Brown
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There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything. Mahatma Gandhi
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Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a person is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Black Elk
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We had two African American writers [Eric Monte and Michael Evans] on the show ['Good Times'] that knew Cabrini Green inside and out, and that's why we set it there. Norman Lear
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What they will try to do is get symbolic victories. Symbolism is important to them. They have little else. But they will strike, I believe, at centers of media, of financial, of American power, of American culture; and that is where we should place our bet. James T Walsh
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Almost everything I tried out for I pretty much got. I landed Power Rangers, and the rest is history. Thuy Trang
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The world itself is the will to power - and nothing else! And you yourself are the will to power - and nothing else! Friedrich Nietzsche
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Immortality... Is that a super power? Mark Wahlberg
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The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. Henrik Ibsen
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African American women in particular have incredible buying power. Statistically, we go to the movies more than anyone. We have made Tyler Perrys career. His films open with $25 million almost consistently. Lynn Nottage
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Power does not corrupt. Fear corrupts... perhaps the fear of a loss of power. John Steinbeck
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Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power. Malcolm X
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Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara Jordan
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I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony. Mark Strand
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There are no second acts in American lives. F Scott Fitzgerald
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I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now. Norman Maccaig
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I really have the American dream licked. Ted Nugent
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You know, I'm just not going to get into American politics. Benjamin Netanyahu
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Writers like Twain, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, Louise Erdrich, Toni Morrison, Russell Banks, Carolyn Chute, Alice Walker, so many others that I read coming up as a writer, that helped form my ideas of what it means to be American - and an American writer. I'm always in conversation with them. Micah Perks
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Sixty percent of the vegetables you see in the supermarkets came from the American Indians. They also gave us aspirin and quinine. And their model of government parallels our Senate. But their women elected the chiefs, and impeached them. Harry Dean Stanton
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The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground. Thomas Jefferson
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We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... William J Clinton
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. Thomas Jefferson
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Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. Noah Webster
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I believe - though I may be wrong, because I'm no expert - that this war is about what most wars are about: hegemony, money, power and oil. Dustin Hoffman
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The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. Audre Lorde
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We will continue to deepen our engagement using every element of American power - diplomacy, military, economic development, the power of our values and our ideals. Barack Obama
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The challenge to America is to extend to Asia the defensive shield of American power in forms consonant with Asian freedom and self-respect. Ferdinand Marcos
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The American people are extraordinarily comfortable, affluent, and secure. It's easy for us to make the argument that God's purpose is being fulfilled through history and through the rise of American power. And to some degree, it probably is. Walter Russell Mead
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I'm living the American dream. Dick Vitale
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A government without the power of defense! It is a solecism. James Q Wilson
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