Power

Malcolm X Page

“The media's the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that's power. Because they control the minds of the masses.”

- Malcolm X

Source/Notes: Supposedly said at a speech in 1963. As quoted in "Redefining Black Power: Reflections on the State of Black America", City Lights Books, 2013, p. 115 - ISBN: 9780872865488
Thomas Jefferson Page

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies. If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs.”

- Thomas Jefferson

Source/Notes: (Attributed)
Aneurin Bevan Page

“How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century.”

- Aneurin Bevan

Source/Notes: In Place of Fear (1952), Chapter 1
Abraham Lincoln Page

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.”

- Abraham Lincoln

Source/Notes: Attributed
James Allen Page

“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. [...] Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.”

- James Allen

Source/Notes: As A Man Thinketh (1902)

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Aristotle Page

“Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.”

- Aristotle

Source/Notes: Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, 1109.a27
Frederick Douglass Page

“If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom and yet deprecate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground, they want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. This struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, and it may be both moral and physical, but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”

- Frederick Douglass

Source/Notes: West India Emancipation (1857)
Jim Morrison Page

“Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.”

- Jim Morrison

Source/Notes: Jim Morrison Interview, Creem Magazine 1969, interviewed by Lizzie James
Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Page

“To demand these God-given rights is to seek black power.”

- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Source/Notes: Baccalaureate address at Howard University, Washington, D.C., 29 May 1966
Martin Luther King, Jr. Page

“We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source/Notes: The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: Second Edition (2001 edition), Newmarket Press - ISBN: 9781557044501

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Morihei Ueshiba Page

“One does not need buildings, money, power, or status to practice the Art of Peace. Heaven is right where you are standing, and that is the place to train.”

- Morihei Ueshiba

Source/Notes: The Art of Peace (1992 ed.)
Haile Selassie Page

“Spiritual power is the eternal guide, in this life and the life after, for man ranks supreme among all creatures. Led forward by spiritual power, man can reach the summit destined for him by the Great Creator.”

- Haile Selassie

Source/Notes: On the Nomination of Archbishop Basilios (19 January 1951)
Jimi Hendrix Page

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”

- Jimi Hendrix

Source/Notes: Attributed
Alice Walker Page

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.”

- Alice Walker

Source/Notes: As quoted in The Best Liberal Quotes Ever : Why the Left is Right (2004) by William P. Martin, p. 173
Ralph Waldo Emerson Page

“Be not the slave of your own past. Plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience that shall explain and overlook the old.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Source/Notes: Emerson's Journal, June 19 1838

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Viktor E. Frankl Page

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”

- Viktor E. Frankl

Winston Churchill Page

“We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

- Winston Churchill

Source/Notes: Speech in House of Commons, 4 June 1940