Authority Quotes

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


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

African Proverb

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Albert Einstein

A bureaucrat is the most despicable of men, though he is needed as vultures are needed, but one hardly admires vultures whom bureaucrats so strangely resemble. I have yet to meet a bureaucrat who was not petty, dull, almost witless, crafty or stupid, an oppressor or a thief, a holder of little authority in which he delights, as a boy delights in possessing a vicious dog. Who can trust such creatures?

Marcus Tullius Cicero

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

And who can doubt that it will lead to the worst disorders when minds created free by God are compelled to submit slavishly to an outside will? When we are told to deny our senses and subject them to the whim of others? When people devoid of whatsoever competence are made judgesover experts and are granted authority to treat them as they please?These are the novelties which are apt to bring about the ruin ofcommonwealths and the subversion of the state.

Galileo Galilei

Football is like life -- it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.

Vince Lombardi

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

Galileo Galilei
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