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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1458
AUTHOR: Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)
QUOTATION: When I resist, therefore, when I as a Democrat resist the concentration of power, I am resisting the processes of death, because the concentration of power is what always precedes the destruction of human initiative, and, therefore of human energy.
ATTRIBUTION: WOODROW WILSON, governor of New Jersey, speech, New York City, September 4, 1912.—The Papers of Woodrow Wilson, ed. Arthur S. Link, vol. 25, p. 100 (1978).

This speech was delivered to the Woodrow Wilson Workingmen’s League “dollar dinner,” at the Yorkville Casino.