Authority Quotes

Authority is quite degrading

Oscar Wilde

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

George Carlin

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

Albert Einstein

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

Leonardo da Vinci

Admittedly, scientific authority is not distributed evenly throughout the body of scientists; some distinguished members of the profession predominate over others of a more junior standing.

Michael Polanyi

The wisest have the most authority.

Plato

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 most obvious and condescending tell-tale sign that manipulation is taking place is that no one takes responsibility for the actions of the administration, itís always some other department who is to blame and never the people who have authority, itís always some nameless foot-soldiers, a ìfew bad apples,î when we all know that such excuses donít hold water, we know who gave the order for soldiers to engage in the abhorrent techniques of torture, we know who told subordinates in the corporation(s) to ìfudge the numbersî and ìbe creative,î we know full well who makes these decisions. President Truman said, ìThe buck stops here,î now the buck effectively floats over many people never stopping anywhere, so thereís no one to blame

Teresa Stover

God is the King. In him exists all legal authority.

Orson Pratt

Think for yourself and question authority.

Timothy Leary

The kingdom of God is an order of government established by divine authority. It is the only legal government that can exist in any part of the universe.

Orson Pratt

Whenever an authority disappears, another one appears; and if a star sets, another one rises.

Muhammad ibn Hasan al-M

Let us then enunciate the functions of a state and we shall easily elicit what we want: First there must be food; secondly, arts, for life requires many instruments; thirdly, there must be arms, for the members of a community have need of them, and in their own hands, too, in order to maintain authority both against disobedient subjects and against external assailants....

Aristotle

The light of the people of the world is their knowledge and utterance; while the splendours shed from the glorious acts of Him Whom God shall make manifest are His Words, through whose potency He rolleth up the whole world of existence, sets it under His Own authority by relating it unto Himself, then as the Mouthpiece of God, the Source of His divine light exalted and glorified be He proclaimeth: Verily, verily, I am God, no God is there but Me; in truth all others except Me are My creatures. Say, O My creatures! Me alone, therefore, should ye fear.

The Bab

No moral system can rest solely on authority.

Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

Defiance to constituted authority leaped like a spark from one flammable area to another, growing in heat as it went.

Bernard Bailyn

The best government rests on the people and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.

George Bancroft

There are in fact four very significant stumbling blocks in the way of grasping the truth, which hinder every man however learned, and scarcely allow anyone to win a clear title to wisdom, namely, the example of weak and unworthy authority, longstanding custom, the feeling of the ignorant crowd, and the hiding of our own ignorance while making a display of our apparent knowledge.

Roger Bacon

If one thinks that there is another authority and force apart from the Creator, he is committing a sin.

Yehuda Ashlag

Molecular evolution is not based on scientific authority. . . . There are assertions that such evolution occurred, but absolutely none are supported by pertinent experiments or calculations. Since no one knows molecular evolution by direct experience, and since there is no authority on which to base claims of knowledge, it can truly be said that . . . the assertion of Darwinian molecular evolution is merely bluster.

Michael J. Behe

The essence of philosophy is the abandonment of all authority in favor of individual human reason.

Allan David Bloom

A god that created the world and then walked off the site leaving it to its own devices is not a fit object of worship, nor a source of moral authority.

Simon Blackburn

The family requires a certain authority and wisdom about the ways of the heavens and of men. The parents must have knowledge of what has happened in the past, and prescriptions for what ought to be, in order to resist the philistinism or the wickedness of the present.

Allan David Bloom

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Updated On : September 02, 2013
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