Power

As much damage as they can

"The question is not how to get good people to rule; the question is how to stop the powerful from doing as much damage as they can to us."

-- Karl Popper

Those who know...

"Those who know the least obey the best."

-- George Farquhar

It is only in folk tales, children's stories...

"It is only in folk tales, children's stories, and the journals of intellectual opinion that power is used wisely and well to destroy evil. The real world teaches very different lessons, and it takes willful and dedicated ignorance to fail to perceive them."

-- Noam Chomsky, The World After September 11th, AFSC Conference, Dec. 8, 2001

Revolutionary characters

"He who is morally impressed by power is never in a critical mood, and he is never a revolutionary character."

-- Erich Fromm

This is the established Order of Things...

"This is the established Order of Things, when a Nation has grown to such an height of Power as to become dangerous to Mankind, she never fails to loose her Wisdom, her Justice and her Moderation, and with these she never fails to loose her Power; which however returns again, if those Virtues return."

-- John Adams, Autobiography, IV, 158
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