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    Never before have self-suffiency and education been so important, and they are virtually inseparable from survival.
    — William Powell
    Power is not a material possession that can be given, it is the ability to act. Power must be taken, it is never given.
    — William Powell
    tags: power 
     
    Treat any and all drugs with respect, for most of the time they are stronger than you are.
    — William Powell
    tags: time  respect  drugs 
     
    A government creates its own revolution. There can be no revolt without it.
    — William Powell
    If I could come out in this book and advocate complete revolution and the violent overthrow of the United States of America, without being thrown in jail, I would not have written The Anarchist Cookbook, and there would be no need for it.
    — William Powell
    Why did God make so many dumb fools and Democrats?
    — William Powell
    tags: god  fools 
     
    It has got to the point in this country where men believe they are men, just because that is their birthright. If that is true, then, by the same logic, an animal held captive in a zoo is still a free wild beast.
    — William Powell
    tags: animals  men  believe  true  logic  wild 
     
    There is only one purpose in hand-to-hand combat, and that is to kill. Never face an enemy with the idea of knocking him out. The chances are extremely good that he will kill you.
    — William Powell
    tags: enemies  chance  enemy  ideas 
     
    Since shotguns are not military weapons, your local sporting goods dealer will have good information about them, as long as you aren't black, Spanish, or a white freak.
    — William Powell
    tags: military  black 
     
    My friends have stood by me marvelously in the ups and downs of my career. I don't believe there is anything more worthwhile in life than friendship. Friendship is a far better thing than love, as it is commonly accepted.
    — William Powell
    A word of advice: If you get the choice between the upper and lower bunks in a cell, choose the lower. Prisons do not turn off their lights at night, and I spent a sleepless night, without a mattress, with a five-hundred-watt bulb shining directly into my eyes.
    — William Powell
    tags: choice  night  eyes  prison 
     
    I can fully appreciate the fury and anger that a person can feel when put through a humiliating experience by a cop, but I would recommend strongly that a person maintain his cool, and in no circumstances lose his temper. If you lose your temper, you are playing right into the cop's hands.
    — William Powell
    I detest symbolic protest, as it is an outcry of weak, middle-of-the-road, liberal eunuchs. If an individual feels strongly enough about something to do something about it, then he shouldn't prostitute himself by doing something symbolic. He should get out and do something real.
    — William Powell
    tags: real 
     
    I highly recommend worrying. It is much more effective than dieting.
    — William Powell
    The only laws a man can truly respect are the ones he makes for himself.
    — William Powell
    tags: men  respect  law 
     
    Every person, whether in wartime or not, should keep a pistol and rifle in his house at all times. If a person is not going to protect himself, and wishes the government to do it for him, how can he complain when the government decides to protect itself against him, and executes him?
    — William Powell
    Believe it or not, bananas do contain a small quantity of Musa Sapientum bananadine, which is a mild, short-lasting psychedelic.
    — William Powell
    tags: believe  quantity 
     
    A revolution was never fought, throughout history, for ideals. Revolutions were fought for much more concrete things: food, clothes, housing, and to relieve intolerable oppression. " I know of no one, outside of Patrick Henry, willing to die for an abstraction.
    — William Powell
    Unity is the only way in which the people of this country can overthrow the fascists, communists, capitalists, and all the other assholes who claim running a representative government is so difficult. The emphasis has been taken from the Bill of Rights and placed on the type of interpretation of the Constitution that best suits the people in power.
    — William Powell
    Unfortunately, or perhaps it is fortunate that I have always been forced to stand on my acting ability. I haven't a personality such as Jack Gilbert's, for instance, that attracts women and makes them like me for myself. When I am on the screen I must make them forget me entirely and think only of my acting.
    — William Powell
    tags: women  personality 
     
    Dessert is probably the most important stage of the meal, since it will be the last thing your guests remember before they pass out all over the table.
    — William Powell
    Cultivate solitude and quiet and a few sincere friends, rather than mob merriment, noise and thousands of nodding acquaintances.
    — William Powell
    tags: friends  solitude 
     
    I would warn against holsters with devices for quick-draw. Devices always fail when you need them most.
    — William Powell
    tags: fail 
     
    It seems acceptable today to scream for revolution, without any concept of what will follow it. This is just what the forces at large want, for who will follow a man who doesn't know where he's going?
    — William Powell
    tags: men  revolution 
     
    One of the greatest myths of all time is that so-called civilized man is no longer an animal, and for that reason can strive to disarm himself and grow fat with false concepts.
    — William Powell
    tags: animals  time  men 
     
    I do not hold that because the author did a bad job of writing the player need trump it with the same kind of acting. When I go into a picture I have only one character to look after. If the author didn't do him justice, I try to add whatever the creator of the part overlooked.
    — William Powell
    Prison does strange things to men. Although its purpose is to break the free spirit of a man, in many cases it just adds fuel to the fire that has never been and will never be extinguished.
    — William Powell
    tags: men  fire  prison  spirit 
     
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