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Authority Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Authority.

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

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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

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

 

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

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 statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

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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

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

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- 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 people are hungry:
It is because those in authority
eat up too much in taxes.
- Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

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

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

His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations.
His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success.
And His presence with us leaves us no other choice.
- John Stott

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

But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was,
how competent they were in setting up their polling
places and the poll workers they had.
- Joe Biden

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
- Euripides

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

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

Men of authority have employed all the destructive
agents around them to promote their own personal interests
at the sacrifice of every just,
honorable, and lawful consideration.
- John White Geary

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

But constant experience shows us that every man invested
with power is apt to abuse it,
and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
- Charles de Secondat

Authority doesn't work without prestige,
or prestige without distance.
- Charles de Gaulle

But in our age the appeal to authority is weak,
and I am of my age.
- Allen Tate

I get involved if a problem comes up after the death
has been investigated by the local authority.
- Michael Baden

God is the King.
In him exists all legal authority.
- Orson Pratt

And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
- Hu Shih

The movie business is very much like that:
people in authority making purely emotional decisions
instead of interesting rational ones.
- Bill Forsyth

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

A teacher should have maximal authority,
and minimal power.
- Thomas Szasz

I think I'm a natural-born leader.
I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect.
- Tupac Shakur

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

Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer
it to this peculiar authority.
- Robert Creeley

Has President Bush exceeded his constitutional authority
or acted illegally in authorizing wiretaps without
a warrant? Benjamin Franklin would not have thought so.
- Pete du Pont

Blanche is written with a terrible authority,
the authority that comes from artistic necessity when
the writer is compelled to write by his demon,
rather than by his agent or promoter.
- Paul Bailey

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

He makes a great mistake...
who supposes that authority is firmer or better established
when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.
- Terence

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 is never without hate.
- Euripides

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

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran

It vexes me when they would constrain science by the
authority of the Scriptures,
and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment.
- Galileo Galilei

That's my main flaw: I always think authority figures
or my boss is going to think something I do is funny.
And usually they don't.
- Jimmy Kimmel

Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell.
He has borrowed his authority from death.
- Walter Benjamin

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love.
Authority is for children and servants,
yet not without sweetness.
- William Penn

We need to stop the erosion of parental authority.
- Sonny Landham

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

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

In order for a war to be just, three things are necessary.
First, the authority of the sovereign.
Secondly, a just cause.
Thirdly, a rightful intention.
- Thomas Aquinas

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

Last year, Congress gave the Department of Defense
the authority to design a new civilian personnel system
for its employees as part of the defense authorization bill.
- Norm Dicks

The Priestly Code preponderates over the rest of the legislation in force,
as well as in bulk; in all matters of primary importance
it is the normal and final authority.
- Julius Wellhausen

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

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

I developed a resistance to authority.
Not to discipline - I learned that.
But to authority.
I like to think for myself.
And I like to cause trouble.
- Hal Holbrook

I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
- Charles de Gaulle

It is fundamentally important that Grasso resign so
that the New York Stock Exchange can restore its moral authority.
- Phil Angelides

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

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle
to those who want to learn.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
- William O. Douglas

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

To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained
can accept the results of science only on authority.
- Morris Raphael Cohen

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it;
those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.
- Malcolm Forbes

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

Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is
not of much use to his subordinates.
- Arleigh Burke


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