415 – “We do not need magic to change the world we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.”

–J K Rowling



395 – “Institutions like ours, in which all power is derived directly from the people, must depend mainly upon their intelligence, patriotism, and industry.”

–Ulysses S Grant, 18th President of the United States


385 – “[Some believe] it is only great power that can hold evil in check. But that is not what I have found. I have found that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love.”

–Ian McKellen as Gandalf the Grey in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)


371 – “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

–James Madison, 4th President of the United States [See Source Notes for context of this quote]


358 – “You can … look at this planet and see that we have the money, the power, the medical understanding, the scientific know-how, the love and the community to produce a kind of human paradise. But we are led by the least among us – the least intelligent, the least noble, the least visionary. We are led by the least among us and we do not fight back against the dehumanizing values that are handed down as control icons.”

–Terence McKenna