Authority Quotes

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.

Lao Tzu

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.

Ernest Hemingway

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.

Dalai Lama

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

Thomas Jefferson

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority

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The key to the behavior of subjects lies not in pent-up anger or aggression, but in the nature of their relationship to authority. They have given themselves to the authority; they see themselves as instruments for the execution of his wishes; once so defined, they are unable to break free.

Stanley Milgram

The state produced in the laboratory may be likened to a light doze, compared to the profound slumber induced by the preponent authority system of a national government.

Stanley Milgram

Without the intervention of the civil authority what would our percepts become?- Platonic laws


The accidental prescriptions of authority, when time has procured them veneration, are often confounded with the laws of nature, and those rules are supposed coeval with reason, of which the first rise cannot be discovered

Samuel Johnson

The single most important thing that anyone can do in this world is to marry the right person, in the right place, with the right authority.

Bruce R. McConkie

The problem is authority. But these Vatican officials seem unable to understand authority except as authoritarianism

David Tracy

Nothing destroys authority more than the unequal and untimely interchange of power stretched too far and relaxed too much.

Francis Bacon,

I have taken this step because I want the discipline, the fire and the authority of the Church. I am hopelessly unworthy of it, but I hope to become worthy.

Dame Edith Sitwell

Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud and vain: By this the fool commands the wise, The noble-with the base complies, The sot assumes the rule of wit, And cowards make t

Samuel Butler
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