Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance
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.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts
War should only be declared by the authority of the people, whose toils and treasures are to support its burdens, instead of the government which is to reap its fruits.
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.
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.
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.
The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.
No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
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.
Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.
Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.
The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.
Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.
Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was, how competent they were in setting up their polling places and the poll workers they had.
I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life ever.
And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
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.
To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual relations between adults, which people may like or dislike, and people who physically impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children.
We have to give value to authority. We have to give value to office, being in office, holding office.
The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses to acknowledge authority, as such. For him, skepticism is the highest of duties; blind faith the one unpardonable sin.