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.

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

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

Money is power in American politics. It always has been. William Greider

I cured with the power that came through me. Black Elk

American power worldwide is at its historic zenith. Zbigniew Brzezinski

Do the thing and you will have the power. But they that do not the thing, had not the power. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Like a lot of Black women, I have always had to invent the power my freedom requires ... June Jordan

As an Asian American at pilot season you take whatever there is. Reggie Lee

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

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

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

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

We have it in our power to begin the world over again. Thomas Paine

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

Bernie Sanders would say, "You still have millions of African Americans who aren't insured, and if we had a single-payer system, that wouldn't be the case." And that's true. Barack Obama

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. Thomas Jefferson

Power doesn't corrupt people; people corrupt power. William Gaddis

An elective despotism was not the government we fought for. Thomas Jefferson

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

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

'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

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

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

American power in the world relies on these ideals of openness and critical debate. Joseph Nye

The object of power is power. George Orwell

You see what power is holding someone else's fear in your hand and showing it to them. Amy Tan

Power is when you have every justification to kill someone, and then you don't. Oskar Schindler

I won't go back and live in the sea again. Janet Morris

Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whatever it touches. Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wherever there is power there is age. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our power is in our ability to decide. R Buckminster Fuller

No power can be maintained when it is only represented by hypocrites. Friedrich Nietzsche

Power educates the potentate. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hammer and the anvil are the two hemispheres of every true reformer's character. J. G. Holland

Some have little power to do good, and have likewise little strength to resist evil. Samuel Johnson

All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria. Mason Cooley

Will power defeats all powers Aftab Alam

The price of power is responsibility for the public good. Bill Vaughan

Right and truth are greater than any power, and all power is limited by right. Benjamin Whichcote

Fear does not have any special power unless you empower it by submitting to it. Les Brown

There is an indefinable mysterious Power that pervades everything. Mahatma Gandhi

You have the courage and power to live your dreams. Les Brown

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

Look at the Native American culture. They revere the elders. Thomas Haden Church

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

The great secret of power is never to will to do more than you can accomplish. Henrik Ibsen

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

Do not call for black power or green power. Call for brain power. Barbara Jordan

ou know, if you want to see jackbooting Nazis in movies, you've got to watch American movies made at that time. Quentin Tarantino

We can't be so fixated on our desire to preserve the rights of ordinary Americans... William J Clinton

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

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed, as they are in almost every country in Europe. Noah Webster

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

The master's tools will never dismantle the master's house. Audre Lorde

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

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

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

Grab reality by the balls and squeeze. Janet Morris

Nothing powers hate better than embarrassment. Janet Morris

You get what you expect. Expect to heal. Expect victory. Janet Morris

I want to live like a man. Janet Morris

The property of power is to protect. Blaise Pascal

But the relationship of morality and power is a very subtle one. Because ultimately power without morality is no longer power. James A Baldwin

You shall have joy, or you shall have power, said God; you shall not have both. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every country is renewed out of the unknown ranks and not out of the ranks of those already famous and powerful and in control. Woodrow Wilson

Power doesn't always roar...The art of exerting power is an art used in doses - the more hidden it is the more effective. Ziad K. Abdelnour

the possession of power brings on madness. Ariana Franklin

The prevailin' weakness of most public men is to Slop Over!.... G. Washington never slopt over. Artemas Ward

Power is a test - the test - of character. Evalyn Walsh McLean

Simply stated, power is the ability to get things done. Pat Heim

The wild boar is often held by a small dog. [Lat., A cane non magno saepe tenetur aper.] Ovid

There is nothing which power cannot believe of itself, when it is praised as equal to the gods. [Lat., Nihil est quod credere de se Non possit, quum laudatur dis aequa potestas.] Juvenal

Those who do not wish to kill any one, wish they had the power. [Lat., Et qui nolunt occidere quemquam Posse volunt.] Juvenal

In order to obtain and hold power, a man must love it. Leo Tolstoy

Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power. William Shakespeare

Knowledge is power. Power to do evil...or power to do good. Power itself is not evil. So knowledge itself is not evil. Veronica Roth

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. James Madison

The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted. James Madison

When Vladimir Putin runs up against American power and American criticism and American leadership that reminds him of what Russia isn`t, when he runs up against people who he worries are funding his dissidents or supporting protests against him, when he runs up against criticism of the way he runs his own country, what he`s running up against is the State Department. Rachel Maddow

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