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The Essence of Power

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The Essence of Power  (1966) 
by Haile Selassie, translated by Haile Selassie I Press

The power which you possess is but one side of the coin; the other is responsibility. There is no power or authority without responsibility, and he who accepts the one cannot escape or evade the other. Each one of you and each servant of the Ethiopian nation and people would do well to ponder these words, to take them to his heart, and to guide his conduct in accordance with their teachings. This is the challenge which faces you today. Let your labours here during the coming year demonstrate your capacity to meet it.

May Almighty God guide and assist you in your work.

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