Quotes by Adam Clayton Powell

Adam Clayton Powell

American politician and pastor

Alive from: 1908-1972

Category: Politics

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    Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an external adjustment.
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    A man's respect for law and order exists in precise relationship to the size of his paycheck.
    Source: Keep the Faith, Baby!
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    For us there's U2 music, and then there's everything else.
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    I definitely got to a point where I realize how unusual it is to be able to play large, sold-out shows 30 years into a rock and roll career. I don't take it for granted.
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    I don't think rock 'n roll is necessarily a young man's game. I think Neil Young is just as rock'n'roll now as he was in his 20s. I'd like to think we can still be edgy and challenging.
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    I was actually pretty shy in school. My defense mechanism was to be the class clown. I remember getting into a lot of trouble for being disruptive, and I was brought in front of the headteacher, who said: 'What's going to happen to you; what are you going to do when you grow up?' and I said: 'Well, I'm obviously going to be a comedian.
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    I was drawn to things I thought were either sexy or aggressive - or both.
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    If you believe in a cause, you must be willing to put yourself on the line for that cause.
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    It's very confusing when fame comes early on in your career. You get a little bit bent out of shape in terms of what's important. Fame is like the dessert that comes with your achievements - it's not an achievement in itself, but sometimes it can overpower the work.
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    Men should not be forced to wear pants when it's not cold.
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    Mix a conviction with a man and something happens.
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    The black man continues on his way. He plods wearily no longer - he is striding freedom road with the knowledge that if he hasn't got the world in a jug, at least he has the stopper in his hand.
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    The drums tell me everything. Everything else registers a millisecond later.
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    Unless man is committed to the belief that all mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
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    Unless man is committed to the belief that all of mankind are his brothers, then he labors in vain and hypocritically in the vineyards of equality.
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