GiN Quotes about Power

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When Excess of Power Prevails

“Where an excess of power prevails, property of no sort is duly respected; no man is safe in his opinions, his person, his faculties, or his possessions.” -James Madison, essay in the National Gazette, March 27, 1792

Essence of Government is Power

The essence of Government is power; and power, lodged as is must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse. -James Madison, speech in the Virginia constitutional convention, December 2, 1829

Power Corrupts

“Power tends to corrupt; absolute power corrupts absolutely.” – Lord Dalberg-Acton

Power Pollutes

“Power, like a desolating pestilence,

Pollutes whate’er it touches.” -Shelley, Queen Mab, III


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