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Wise Quotes about Authority

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

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

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

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

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

 

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

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

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

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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

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

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

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

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
- Martha Beck

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
- Robert E. Lee

My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it.
People need somebody to watch over them.
Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need
to be told what to do and how to behave.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else
in America on my own wife.
I have never known a person with a stronger sense of
right and wrong in my life ever.
- William J. Clinton

The key to successful leadership today is influence,
not authority.
- Ken Blanchard

I bow before the authority of special men because it
is imposed upon me by my own reason.
- Mikhail Bakunin

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class
shatters the authority of another.
- James MacGregor Burns

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
- Euripides

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience.
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton

Lawyer acted without authority from our band.
He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
- Chief Joseph

Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient,
that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form,
and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.
- Robert Morgan

The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment...
not authority.
- Thomas Huxley

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which
is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
- Joseph Addison

It won't be a question of how well-trained or well-equipped
the army is but one of the authority it serves.
- Adnan Pachachi

In questions of science, the authority of a thousand
is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
- Galileo Galilei

A king is always a king - and a woman always a woman:
his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

As a result of my study, I came to the conclusion that
a common supreme authority was undesirable.
- Fredrik Bajer

The proper balance between individual liberty and central
authority is a very ancient problem.
- Arthur Keith

The defiance of established authority,
religious and secular, social and political,
as a world-wide phenomenon may well one day be accounted
the outstanding event of the last decade.
- Hannah Arendt

I have been given the authority over you,
and I am not the best of you.
If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong,
set me right.
Sincere regard for truth.
- Abu Bakr

Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority.
This will force them to work at loggerheads,
allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter.
- Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am a liberated woman.
And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money.
But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on.
- Julie Andrews

Men use thought only as authority for their injustice,
and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
- Voltaire

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce

The Hamas organization is unwilling to honor the obligations
that the Palestinian Authority has signed.
- Moshe Katsav

For which reason I would exhort you to pay all due
Regard to the government over us;
to the KING and all in authority; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life.
- Jonathan Mayhew

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral
authority and character increase as the importance
of the position increases.
- John Adams

The kingdom of God is an order of government established by divine authority.
It is the only legal government that can exist in any part of the universe.
- Orson Pratt

Cameras in classrooms are no substitute for greater
authority by parents and teachers.
- Paul Weyrich

Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought.
In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Now they call in all of the authority figures they can find and hire them -
the cost has gone up.
The picture may or may not get better,
but definitely, it gets more cumbersome.
- Don Bluth

Authority forgets a dying king.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves
as an international NGO of exceptional authority.
- John Charles Polanyi

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral
character of those whom they invest with authority
either in the legislative,
executive, or judicial branches.
- John Witherspoon

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved
the absolute rejection of authority.
- Thomas Huxley

I've always had trouble with authority.
- John Milius

A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a
rifle in the hands of an infantryman.
It speaks with authority.
- Brendan Francis

I created no authority that wasn't already there under the constitution.
- John Engler

We have to give value to authority.
We have to give value to office, being in office,
holding office.
- James Hillman

At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance,
an ironical attitude towards the authority figure.
- Seamus Heaney

Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you.
- Zebulon Pike

Nor bigots who but one way see, through blinkers of authority.
- Matthew Green

The president overstepped his authority when he asked
the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans' international phone
calls without obtaining a warrant.
- Sherrod Brown

In other words, the Church acknowledges Science as the higher authority.
- Wilhelm Ostwald

I had to delegate authority to the people on my staff.
That means you shave away the hierarchy.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

But there is a higher law than the Constitution,
which regulates our authority over the domain,
and devotes it to the same noble purposes.
- William H. Seward

In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels.
- Georges Jacques Danton

Most kids will not volunteer to eat veggies.
At times you must step up to the plate and enforce
the rule of authority as a parent.
- Lee Haney

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

The exercise of authority over the same area by two
States is a contradiction.
- Benjamin Tucker

Surround yourself with the best people you can find,
delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as
the policy you've decided upon is being carried out.
- Ronald Reagan

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the
most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
- Stanley Milgram

In this connection, faith and experience teach us many
truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by
the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.
- Nicolas Malebranche

Authority pisses me off.
I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want.
- James Hetfield

Israeli Arabs have more political rights than any other
Arabs in the Middle East,
including their compatriots in the Palestinian Authority.
- Jack Schwartz

The last job I applied for was to be a bus driver for
the Chicago Transit Authority in 1957.
- Vernon Jordan

The NRA provided that in America each industry should
be organized into a federally supervised trade association.
It was not called a corporative.
It was called a Code Authority.
- John T. Flynn

I believe that historians and analysts of historical
events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events,
which they make their subject.
- Ibrahim Babangida

I harbored a lot of resentment as a teenager and as a young adult.
I still have a problem with authority,
I'm trying to listen!
- Nikki Sixx


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