Authority Quotes

Move decisions out to the Cabinet and agencies. Strengthen them by moving responsibility, authority, and accountability their direction.

Donald Rumsfeld

Nothing intoxicates some people like a sip of authority

L. Ron Hubbard

The struggle between Liberty and Authority is the most conspicuous feature in the portions of history with which we are earliest familiar; particularly in that of Greece, Rome, and England

John Stuart Mill

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

The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action.

Albert Einstein

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

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere

Ronald Reagan

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.

Albert Einstein

Authority is quite degrading

Oscar Wilde

Tenacity is a certain quality of the human hand in its relation to the coin of the realm. It attains its highest development in the hand of authority and is considered a serviceable equipment for a career in politics.

Ambrose Bierce
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