Authority Quotes

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

Chief Joseph

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

Galileo Galilei

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.

Golda Meir

The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.

Gloria Steinem

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

William Penn

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Francis Bacon

One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen.

Robert A. Heinlein

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

Robert A. Heinlein

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.

Mary Wollstonecraft

The natural liberty of man is to be free from any superior power on Earth, and not to be under the will or legislative authority of man, but only to have the law of nature for his rule.

Samuel Adams

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

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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


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

Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance

Charles de Gaulle
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