The essence of government is power, and power, lodged as it must be in human hands, will ever be liable to abuse.
(James Madison (1751-1836), U.S. president. Speech at the Virginia Convention, 1829. The Mind of the Founder: Sources of the Political Thought of James Madison, p. 512, ed. Marvin Meyers, Indianapolis (1973).)
Nothing in life possesses value except the degree of powerassuming that life itself is the will to power.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 12, p. 215, selection 5, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished note dating to Summer 1886Fall 1887, series on "European Nihilism," section 10 (June 10, 1887).)