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Wise Quotes about Authority

May you find great value in these Authority quotes and sayings.

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough
to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment
comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

 

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

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Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I do not believe in immortality of the individual,
and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern
with no superhuman authority behind it.
- Albert Einstein

To say that authority, whether secular or religious,
supplies no ground for morality
is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison

Many of us have been conditioned to trust others' opinions
more than our own, and I believe that sort of trust is excessive.
This is especially true with regard to authority figures -
doctors, lawyers, priests. I trust my doctor's intentions toward me,
but I don't blindly follow his suggestions
without checking other sources also.
He was trained to prescribe a pill for everything,
and does it with the best of intentions,
but I often choose to trust God's quiet voice inside me
rather than my doctor's medical advice.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge,
never fearing to follow truth and reason
to whatever results they led,
and bearding every authority which stood in their way.
- Thomas Jefferson

The people are hungry:
It is because those in authority
eat up too much in taxes.
- Lao Tzu

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
- Thomas Jefferson

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Humility is not thinking less of yourself,
it's thinking of yourself less.
- Rick Warren (author of The Purpose Driven(R) Life)

If I am happy in spite of my deprivations,
if my happiness is so deep that it is a faith,
so thoughtful that it becomes a philosophy of life.
If, in short, I am an optimist,
my testimony to the creed of optimism is worth hearing.
- Helen Keller
...
Helen Keller (1880-1968) overcame being both deaf and blind
to become a famous author, lecturer, and activist
for women's suffrage, workers' rights, and ending war.

Action is the real measure of intelligence.
- Napoleon Hill (author of the classic Think and Grow Rich)

Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
- The Buddha

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is a greater joy to see the author's author, than himself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected?
I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us.
It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot,
we must ourselves be its author and finisher.
As a nation of freemen, we must live
through all time, or die by suicide.
- Abraham Lincoln

It is dangerous to be right in matters
on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

It is a good thing for an uneducated man to read books of quotations...
The quotations, when engraved upon the memory, give you good thoughts.
They also make you anxious to read the authors and look for more.
- Winston Churchill

You have enemies? Good.
That means you've stood up for something,
sometime in your life.
- Winston Churchill

No good comes from hurrying.
- Yiddish Proverb

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

There is more value in a very good painting
that is completed and on display,
than in an excellent painting
that is still in the artist's studio,
or perhaps still in his mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Write your Sad times in Sand,
Write your Good times in Stone.
- George Bernard Shaw

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

The River of Life has no meaning,
no good, no bad, no better, no worse,
no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If an opinion contrary to your own makes you angry,
that is a sign that you are subconsciously aware
of having no good reason for thinking as you do.
- Bertrand Russell

A true friend is someone who
thinks that you are a good egg
even though he knows that
you are slightly cracked.
- Bernard Meltzer

Far from idleness being the root of all evil,
it is rather the only true good.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care
for people will hear them and be influenced
by them for good or ill.
- The Buddha

A good head and a good heart
are always a formidable combination.
- Nelson Mandela

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.
- Abraham Lincoln

If I am not for myself,
who will be for me?
Yet if I am for myself alone,
of what good am I?
- Hillel

When I do good, I feel good.
When I do bad, I feel bad.
That's my religion.
- Abraham Lincoln

Good things come in small packages.
- old proverb

A good example is the best sermon.
- Benjamin Franklin

There is nothing either good or bad,
but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

It is not enough to have a good mind,
the main thing is to use it well.
- Rene Descartes

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

An ounce of conscious choice is worth a pound of good fortune.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To kill an error is as good a service as,
and sometimes even better than,
the establishing of a new truth or fact.
- Charles Darwin

It is neither good nor bad, but thinking makes it so.
- William Shakespeare

Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.
The good news is that you don't know how great you can be!
How much you can love!
What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
- Anne Frank

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

This time, like all times, is a very good one,
if we but know what to do with it.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

When one has the feeling of dislike for evil,
when one feels tranquil,
one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings;
when one has these feelings and appreciates them,
one is free of fear.
- The Buddha

Play to win, but be a good loser.
Have a plan for your life,
but accept whatever comes your way
with grace and gratitude.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If being good isn't working - try being outrageous.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Regrets are the tears of good deeds left undone
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Teamwork is so important that it is virtually impossible for you
to reach the heights of your capabilities
or make the money that you want
without becoming very good at it.
- Brian Tracy

I've learned that mistakes can often be
as good a teacher as success.
- Jack Welch

Often, we get stuck on a question
for which we can't find an acceptable answer.
That is a good time to consider asking a different question.
Every question is based on some assumptions -
usually invisible assumptions that we don't see, unless we go looking.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Good Endings precede Good Beginnings.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great and good are seldom the same man.
- Winston Churchill

The true measure of a man is how he treats someone
who can do him absolutely no good.
- Samuel Johnson

Good things happen to those who hustle.
- Anais Nin


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