Authority Quotes

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.

Thomas Hobbes

All authority belongs to the people

Thomas Jefferson

The Declaration of Independence states that all men are created equal, and in 1776, that's exactly what they meant. Women could not vote, women could not own property, and blacks were considered property. After 200 years of enlightenment, we have realized that gender and race are inappropriate distinctions for determining who has individual rights. Anytime Gov gives you permission they let you know that you have permission by giving you a permit or a license. If you have a marriage license, what permission do you have to do now that you did not have permission to do before, who gave you that permission, and who gave them the authority to give you that permission in the first place?

Michael J. Badnarik

Poker teaches self-reliance, self-control, self-respect, self-denial, and independence. But when cards are wild or are given fictitious authority, the noble game is robbed of its romance, grace and stimulation and degenerates into a gambling scheme.

Henry Fountain Ashurst

Christmas is the gentlest, loveliest festival of the revolving year -- and yet, for all that, when it speaks, its voice has strong authority.

W. J. Cameron

Great men in judicial places will never want authority.


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

Robert Lindner

Authority is quite degrading.

Oscar Wilde

Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty.

Norman Douglas

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

Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves as an international NGO of exceptional authority.

John Charles Polanyi

The State Film Authority will be there for film as industry only, as is the case in all the other states, except Victoria. Victoria is moving more now into supporting non-commercial films.

Ann Macbeth

My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions.

Maya Lin

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.

Henri Frederic Amiel

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

Walter Benjamin
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