Quotations by James MacGregor Burns
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Born: Saturday, August 3, 1918
A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another.
(Keywords: Act, Authority, Class, Revolution, Violence)
Divorced from ethics, leadership is reduced to management and politics to mere technique.
(Keywords: Leadership, Politics, Management, Ethics)
In real life, the most practical advice for leaders is not to treat pawns like pawns, nor princes like princes, but all persons like persons.
(Keywords: Life, Advice, Leaders)
Leaders are not pale reflectors of major social conflicts; they play up some, play down others, ignore still others.
(Keywords: Leaders, Play)
Woodrow Wilson called for leaders who, by boldly interpreting the nation's conscience, could lift a people out of their everyday selves. That people can be lifted into their better selves is the secret of transforming leadership.
(Keywords: Leadership, People, Conscience, Nation)