| Quote #1
A [Seldon]. The explanation is simple. The coming destruction of Trantor is not an event in itself, isolated in the scheme of human development. It will be the climax to an intricate drama which was begun centuries ago and which is accelerating in pace continuously. (I.6.69)
Usually when we think of empires collapsing in stories, we think of a single, evil Dark Lord responsible for the destruction. Looking at you, Sauron. But in Foundation, the power of civilization itself is responsible for its own downfall. That's a bummer.
| Quote #2
"I'm sorry, Pirenne, but the City Charter guarantees a certain minor matter known as freedom of the press." (II.1.30)
Power to the people! Freedom of the press is exactly that: power in the hands of the people.
| Quote #3
"Not tribute. Taxes. We're protecting you. You pay for it." (II.2.60)
The old economic power grab. Here, Anacreon wants power over the Foundation, and they figure they can get them where it hurts—the bank. Notice how they say it's for protection—how Mafioso of them.