Authority Quotes

A lightweight, by definition, is a man who cannot assert his authority over the national press, cannot manipulate reporters, cannot finesse questions, prevent leaks or command a professional public relations operation.


Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.

Walter Lippmann

[I]f we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.

Daniel Webster

The highest duty is to respect authority


Great men in judicial places will never want authority

Pearl Bailey

Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience

Thomas C. Haliburton

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.

Thomas Henry Huxley

Think for yourself and question authority

Timothy Leary

The insolence of authority is endeavoring to substitute money for ideas

Frank Lloyd Wright

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.

Keith Richards

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.

Robert E. Lee

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

Robert Lindner

In truth, there never was any remarkable lawgiver amongst any people who did not resort to divine authority, as otherwise his laws would not have been accepted by the people; for there are many good laws, the importance of which is known to be..

Niccolo Machiavelli

The man whose authority is recent is always stern.


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

Yugoslavian Proverb
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