If you must break the law, do it to seize power: in all other cases observe it.
The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.
The bad man desires arbitrary power. What moves the evil man is the love of injustice.
Whoever is new to power is always harsh.
An organization which claims to be working for the needs of a community – as SNCC does – must work to provide that community with a position of strength from which to make its voice heard. This is the significance of black power beyond the slogan.
A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold.
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
The goal of the revolution is to achieve the people’s rights, but during the course of the revolution, we must stress military power – and the two are mutually contradictory.
Power is like being a lady… if you have to tell people you are, you aren’t.