We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Superpower Quotes from Steven Levy, John Spratt, Mohsin Hamid, Amit Shah, Stephen Harper. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
When superpower countries like the United States and the former Soviet Union contemplated moving their conflicts to outer space, there was justifiable fear and dread.
Our country, the United States of America, may be the world’s largest economy and the world’s only superpower, but we stretch ourselves dangerously thin by taking on commitments like Iraq with only a motley band of allies to share the burden.
It is not surprising that most Pakistanis do not support America’s bombardment of Afghanistan. The Afghans are neighbours on the brink of starvation and devastated by war. America has shown itself to be untrustworthy, a superpower that uses its values as a scabbard for its sword.
Who can keep the country safe? Who can make India a superpower? Can a coalition of 23 parties do so? Only Prime Minister Narendra Modi can achieve this.
The world is now unipolar and contains o-nly o-ne superpower. Canada shares a continent with that superpower.
When E.U. governments are able to agree on political and economic policies, they will remain a superpower to influence the Americans, the Russians, Indians and Chinese over the coming decades. Britain on its own would resume the decline which continued through most of the 20th century.
There’s a particular quality that those of us who live on the border share; we can switch from being Mexican to being American in an instant just by scanning our surroundings. Not everybody has this superpower; it takes a very specific kind of upbringing to instill a deep pride in two very different cultures.
If I had to name my superpower, it’s probably empathy.
War on terrorism reflects, in my view, a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy for a superpower and for a great democracy with genuinely idealistic traditions.
That seems to be my superpower – really understanding what motivates people.
Why should Iran have a deterrent strategy? Well, it’s surrounded by hostile enemies. Both of its borders have been under occupation by a hostile superpower, the United States, which is constantly violating the U.N. charter by leaving open what they call the saying, ‘all options are open’ – meaning the threat of war.
Soviet mathematics was particularly good in the second half of the 20th century, basically because of the arms race, because the Soviet Union realized… World War II created the conditions for the Soviet Union to become a superpower.
If you have a reasonable system for pursuing success, it can survive a lot of face-plants along the way. That knowledge makes success seem accessible. If you think successful people have some sort of superpower or special connections, why try?
My favorite interview question is, ‘If you could have a superpower, what would it be?’
Our superpower is our fierce commitment to creating a positive place to work and play. Our employees have the tools and the mandate to chase big game changing ideas.
If we are to retain our position as the world’s leading superpower, we must maintain our influence and diplomatic relationships. We cannot do that if we become known for abandoning our allies and reneging on our promises.
I think the power of persuasion would be the greatest superpower of all time.
China has, without doubt, become an economic superpower.
I would like to have the superpower of being able to touch a book and then gain all the knowledge out of that book without spending hours and days reading it.
Even a superpower has limits.
We are not a superpower like the U.S. We are a small and neutral country.
Belarus is not a superpower, but we pay a lot of attention to sports.
I wish I could read minds. It’s a dangerous superpower, so I’d wish for it to come with a switch where I could turn it off if I wanted to. You’d learn a lot about people, that’s for sure!
I have never stated Russia is an energy superpower, but we have more reserves than almost anybody else. We have always behaved, and we will continue to behave, in a responsible way. We intend to participate in the elaboration of common rules in the energy sector and to abide by rules which are developed together.
They are superpower of villains. They are superpower of Al Capone.
If I could have one superpower, I’d be like Mel Gibson in ‘What Women Want,’ where he reads women’s minds.
You don’t just have to see superhero movies. Ultimately, those movies are westerns – superheroes are good guys fighting bad guys in a landscape. In westerns, that divide couldn’t be any more clear, but the only superpower you have is that you’re a quicker shot than the other guy.
It would be an amazing superpower to be able to make every person you meet feel better about the thing that makes them insecure.
The Afghans did not have sophisticated weapons like the Soviets did, but with their faith they defeated a superpower.
Doing a one-person play feels like you’ve just discovered you had a superpower.
Making words rhyme for a living is one of the great joys of my life… That’s a superpower I’ve been very conscious of developing. I started at the same level as everybody else, and then I just listened to more music and talked to myself until it was an actual superpower I could pull out on special occasions.
War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world’s first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions.
As an Indian, and now as a politician and a government minister, I’ve become rather concerned about the hype we’re hearing about our own country, all this talk about India becoming a world leader, even the next superpower.
It’s a special place, and I believe in the prominence of America, and having America be and continue to be an exceptional place, and making no apologies for America being a superpower.
The United States is a superpower whose influence reaches across oceans and beyond borders.
I think, in a lot of ways, Kanye’s superpower is his weakness – if you tell him he can’t do something, he’s going to go hard at it.
Not even a superpower can hold onto its economic sovereignty if it fails to get its fiscal house in order, and no one needs a well-regulated international economic order more than the United States.
As colonial puppeteer and successful restorer of Russia as imperial superpower, Mr. Putin is Stalin’s consummate heir.
I admire him so much; if I was ever going to have a dude-crush, it would be on George Clooney. I mean, I don’t think you can avoid it. It’s like a superpower – he just sucks anybody in around him.
Having a superpower has nothing to do with the ability to fly or jump, or superhuman strength. The truest superpowers are the ones we all possess: willpower, integrity, and most importantly, courage.
And I hope America will realise, as the only superpower now, it really must use its power in a way that’s going to build up the world, and to support the United Nations.
I don’t know why people are so keen to put the details of their private life in public; they forget that invisibility is a superpower.
I want everyone to be aware of what their superpower is because I believe that we all have superpowers.
In the final analysis, terror is also another proof of the fact that the superpower is not really a superpower. It was vulnerable.
The Hulk has an awesome superpower. He turns into this giant monster that can eliminate several dudes at once.
Print books have an amazing superpower because they don’t disappear when you’re done with them. Books on the shelf remind you that they exist.
You have these rap groups talking about ‘Fight The Power’ and that kind of stuff. What do they mean by that? Fight democracy? Fight the government, the most freest Superpower government in the world? What they need to fight is what’s holding them back from getting educated and moving along in life.
In an era of ever-increasing globalization, what it takes to become and remain a science superpower has fundamentally changed.
I would love to play a superhero. I sometimes walk around thinking, ‘If I were a superhero, what would my superpower be?’
Coding – everyone thinks it’s a superpower. And so when you feel like, ‘I’ve learned how to code,’ and you say to your mom or the girl sitting next to you, ‘I know how that app is built, I know the logic behind how that was created’ – that’s powerful.
At the height of the British Empire very few English novels were written that dealt with British power. It’s extraordinary that at the moment in which England was the global superpower the subject of British power appeared not to interest most writers.
In the aftermath of 9/11 and in the build-up to the invasion of Iraq, few questioned the idea that the United States was likely to be the extant superpower for several decades to come. Few anticipated how quickly the neoconservative project would run into the sands – or that China would rise so quickly.
If I could have one superpower, I’d want to have the power of mind over matter. I’d want to be able to move things and people with my mind.
It took 24 years for me to harness my autistic traits into something useful, and I have grown to regard them as a kind of superpower. Cooking, to me, is akin to algebra, and my mind a pocket calculator.
Empires will come and go. The Soviet Union collapses; China can become a superpower, but ‘Blue Peter’ stays the same.
Writing comedy is a superpower.
I feel dyslexia is a strong point in me now. I usually joke that it’s like a superpower – you only have it if you’ve got it!
If you’re ever bcc’d, do not go near ‘reply all.’ ‘Bcc’ is ‘blind carbon copy.’ It means you’re a fly on the wall, dude! If you hit reply all, it’s beyond bad etiquette to out the person who gave you the superpower of invisibility. It’s like screaming, ‘I’m a spy!’
The world would be better off with multiple superpowers. When Communist USSR was a superpower, the world was better off.
When I do interviews about movies I direct, I often talk about how my superpower as a director is that I’m an actor. I can talk to actors. I’m not afraid of actors.
Americans who grew up in the 1930s or 1940s still have some fleeting memory of what the country was like before it became the steroidal superpower it is today.
If I could choose to have one superpower, I would want to be able to make everyone love everyone!
India and Pakistan became free within hours of each other. Why is it that today India is a recognised IT superpower in the world, and Pakistan is recognised only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror?
If I could have any superpower, I would want hyper-intelligence.
Playing a character who’s dealing not only with a superpower but having a normal relationship is easy to associate with, because I feel that everyone has been through it.
China is doing lots of things right. It’s investing in education and R&D, it’s opening up, it’s more cosmopolitan than it’s ever been. I think it’s very likely that China will continue to explode economically and certainly become a superpower.
The Beijing Olympics represent China’s grand entrance onto the world stage and confirmation of its new superpower status.
There is, and there will be, an increasing demand for a principled global security provider, for a superpower that believes in multilateralism and cooperation.
The Sandinista government became consumed with fighting a war of survival. They were up against the biggest superpower in the world.
Hopefully, sometime I get a superpower. I would like to be able to transport myself wherever I wanted.
If there’s a theme to where I’m at in my life, it’s that ‘warts and all’ is actually my superpower. Just like you, I’m messed up and I’m capable. I’m this and that.
Britain is a development superpower.
It’s one thing if a politician in a small country says a little bit of torturing is good to do. There is a qualitative difference… when it’s a candidate to run a superpower.
Yugoslavia was a kind of superpower. Great movies. Beautiful novels. Great rock-and-roll. We became a superpower in basketball. The problem is that people needed to identify more strongly with it after Tito and his awful, tricky way of leading the country.
Being a unique superpower undermines the military intelligence of strategy. To think strategically, one has to imagine oneself in the enemy’s place. If one cannot do this, it is impossible to foresee, to take by surprise, to outflank. Misinterpreting an enemy can lead to defeat. This is how empires fall.
Modern free-traders… embrace their ideal with a passion that makes Robespierre seem prudent. They embrace unbridled free trade, even as it helps China become a superpower.
The tragedy of 9/11 galvanised the American superpower into action, leaving us in Europe divided in its wake.
I still look forward to doing things I’ve never done before. But the fear beforehand is always worse than the actual moment. Leading up to it, especially before the match, is when the butterflies are at their worst. But in the match, the creatures – my fans – fuel me. They’re a huge superpower for me and my survival.
Indiana Jones is very much an old-world kind of hero. He doesn’t really have any kind of superpower or rely on any kind of technology to help him out of things.
There’s only one true superpower amongst human beings, and that is being funny. People treat you differently if you can make them laugh.