Authority Quotes

The state produced in the laboratory may be likened to a light doze, compared to the profound slumber induced by the preponent authority system of a national government.

Stanley Milgram

The key to the behavior of subjects lies not in pent-up anger or aggression, but in the nature of their relationship to authority. They have given themselves to the authority; they see themselves as instruments for the execution of his wishes; once so defined, they are unable to break free.

Stanley Milgram

What we really need to be understanding is that all of these things matter and they all stem from the fact that certain people live with power and authority and they want to maintain it.

Anita Hill

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority

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Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Dalai Lama

I do not believe in immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern with no superhuman authority behind it.

Albert Einstein

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it.

George Carlin

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

Vince Lombardi

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

John Adams

For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive.

Ernest Hemingway

The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes.

Lao Tzu

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

Charles de Gaulle

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

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

Voltaire

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Wollstonecraft

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

Robert A. Heinlein

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

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