„Power consists to a large extent in deciding what stories will be told.“

Carolyn Heilbrun1
1926 - 2003
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„He has been told that knowledge is power, and knowledge consists of a great many small things.“

—  Richard M. Weaver American scholar 1910 - 1963
Context: In the popular arena, one can tell … that the average man … imagines that an industrious acquisition of particulars will render him a man of knowledge. With what pathetic trust does he recite his facts! He has been told that knowledge is power, and knowledge consists of a great many small things. p. 13.

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„A story must be told or there'll be no story, yet it is the untold stories that are most moving.“

—  John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
Letter to his son Christopher (30 January 1945) — in The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien (1981), p. 110

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„States are violent to the extent that they're powerful“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Context: States are violent institutions. The government of any country, including ours, represents some sort of domestic power structure, and it's usually violent. States are violent to the extent that they're powerful, that's roughly accurate.

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„Sir, it is not man power. A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do.“

—  Alvin C. York United States Army Medal of Honor recipient 1887 - 1964
Context: After the Armistice was signed, I was ordered to go back to the scene of my fight with the machine guns. General Lindsey and some other generals went with me. We went over the ground carefully. The officers spent a right smart amount of time examining the hill and the trenches where the machine guns were, and measuring and discussing everything. And then General Lindsey asked me to describe the fight to him. And I did. And then he asked me to march him out just like I marched the German major out, over the same ground and back to the American lines. Our general was very popular. He was a natural born fighter and he could swear just as awful as he could fight. He could swear most awful bad. And when I marched him back to our old lines he said to me, "York, how did you do it?" And I answered him, "Sir, it is not man power. A higher power than man power guided and watched over me and told me what to do." And the general bowed his head and put his hand on my shoulder and solemnly said, "York, you are right." There can be no doubt in the world of the fact of the divine power being in that. No other power under heaven could bring a man out of a place like that. Men were killed on both sides of me; and I was the biggest and the most exposed of all. Over thirty machine guns were maintaining rapid fire at me, point-blank from a range of about twenty-five yards. Addendum to the account of 8 October 1918.

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„A jury consists of twelve persons chosen to decide who has the better lawyer.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963
Quoted in Fire and Ice: The Art and Thought of Robert Frost (1961) by Lawrence Thompson

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