Authority Quotes

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another.

James MacGregor Burns

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

As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.

BERTRAND RUSSELL

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.

James Russell Lowell

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence he is just using his memory

Leonardo da Vinci

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive.

Henry Steele Commager

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

Voltaire

God is the King. In him exists all legal authority.

Orson Pratt

The most obvious and condescending tell-tale sign that manipulation is taking place is that no one takes responsibility for the actions of the administration, itís always some other department who is to blame and never the people who have authority, itís always some nameless foot-soldiers, a ìfew bad apples,î when we all know that such excuses donít hold water, we know who gave the order for soldiers to engage in the abhorrent techniques of torture, we know who told subordinates in the corporation(s) to ìfudge the numbersî and ìbe creative,î we know full well who makes these decisions. President Truman said, ìThe buck stops here,î now the buck effectively floats over many people never stopping anywhere, so thereís no one to blame

Teresa Stover

Destiny, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce

You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.

Stephen W. Comiskey

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

Stanley Milgram

Destiny. A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.

Ambrose Bierce

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

Joseph Addison

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Buddha

At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the mother but are, nevertheless, unwanted for any one or more of a variety of reasons ó convenience, family planning, economics, dislike of children, the embarrassment of illegitimacy, etc. ... I find nothing in the language or history of the Constitution to support the Court's judgment. ... As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court

Byron R. White

Authority is never without hate.

Euripides

If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority.

Yugoslavian Proverb

Think for yourself, question authority.

Timothy Leary

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognizably wiser than oneself.

Marlene Dietrich

I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it.

Albert Einstein

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft

James Russell Lowell

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

George Carlin

Responsibility always exceeds authority

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