Authority Quotes

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

John Charles Polanyi

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

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

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.

Thomas Babington

Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

Erich Fromm

When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.

Jim Morrison

There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad.

Oscar Wilde

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort.

Mohandas Gandhi

Authority forgets a dying king

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

He who has no bread has no authority

Turkish Proverb

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law

Thomas Hobbes

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.

Rita Mae Brown

Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.

Leonardo da Vinci

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 Arendy

The wisest have the most authority

Plato

There are two things over which you have complete dominion, authority and control your mind and your mouth

African Proverb

All authority belongs to the people

Thomas Jefferson

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Albert Einstein

Modesty is that feeling by which honorable shame acquires a valuable and lasting authority.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Those in authority should take appropriate precautions to protect our citizens. But we will not allow this enemy to win the war by changing our way of life or restricting our freedoms.

George Walker Bush

Creation implies authority in the sense of originator.

Kenneth Burke

US officials say this every time theres a public discussion that could limit their authority. US officials also provide misleading or directly false assertions about the value of these programs, as they did just recently with the Zazi case, which court documents clearly show was not unveiled by PRISM.

Edward Snowden
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