Authority Quotes

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

Galileo Galilei

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.

Golda Meir

The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin.

Gloria Steinem

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness.

William Penn

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Francis Bacon

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.

Robert A. Heinlein

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

Robert A. Heinlein

The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason.

Mary Wollstonecraft

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.

Samuel Adams

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.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

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.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

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.

James Madison

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

Voltaire

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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance

Charles de Gaulle

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

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases

John Adams

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Vince Lombardi

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

Dalai Lama

I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way.

Thomas Jefferson

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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