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Authority Quotes

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The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Related topics: Values Wisdom Buddhist

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

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

 

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough
to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment
comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

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NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic,
for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.
- Robert Lindner

The faith that stands on authority is not faith.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
- Robert E. Lee

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
- Martha Beck

'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority,
diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.
- Antony Jay

After so many cases of terror attacks related to Islamic
militancy remaining unresolved in the last few years,
the government has no moral authority to stay in power.
- Sheikh Hasina

I call religion a natural authority,
but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority.
- Herbert Read

Historically, America has answered to a higher authority.
- Lee Greenwood

To see and be acquainted with strangers,
in especial with men in honour and authority.
- Thomas Cavendish

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

And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
- Hu Shih

The Homeland Security department doesn't have tasking
authority in the intelligence community.
They can ask for stuff, but they can't direct anything
except inside their bureau.
- David Hunt

I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.
- Charles de Gaulle

In other words, the Church acknowledges Science as the higher authority.
- Wilhelm Ostwald

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

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.
- Golda Meir

My reason, it's true, controls my feelings,
but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them.
- Pierre Corneille

By liberty I mean the assurance that every man shall
be protected in doing what he believes is his duty
against the influence of authority and majorities,
custom and opinion.
- John Acton

Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell.
He has borrowed his authority from death.
- Walter Benjamin

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

Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people.
- Thomas Jefferson

I had to delegate authority to the people on my staff.
That means you shave away the hierarchy.
- Jurgen Klinsmann

Knowledge is that possession that no misfortune can destroy,
no authority can revoke, and no enemy can control.
This makes knowledge the greatest of all freedoms.
- Bryant H. McGill

We have to give value to authority.
We have to give value to office, being in office,
holding office.
- James Hillman

My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures.
- Sherman Alexie

Has President Bush exceeded his constitutional authority
or acted illegally in authorizing wiretaps without
a warrant? Benjamin Franklin would not have thought so.
- Pete du Pont

No!
on Human Rights and Freedom, on a subject that is as
self-evident as that two and two make four,
there is no need of any written authority.
- Ernestine L. Rose

The people in general ought to have regard to the moral
character of those whom they invest with authority
either in the legislative,
executive, or judicial branches.
- John Witherspoon

God is the King.
In him exists all legal authority.
- Orson Pratt

Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is
not of much use to his subordinates.
- Arleigh Burke

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in
which to invest passion and authority,
then forgets that symbols are inventions.
- Joyce Carol Oates

It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
- Thomas Hobbes

Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom;
for no man easily distrusts the things which he and
all men have been always bred up to.
- William Temple

I believe that historians and analysts of historical
events need the authority of facts supplied by living witnesses to the events,
which they make their subject.
- Ibrahim Babangida

Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer
it to this peculiar authority.
- Robert Creeley

I developed a resistance to authority.
Not to discipline - I learned that.
But to authority.
I like to think for myself.
And I like to cause trouble.
- Hal Holbrook

The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment...
not authority.
- Thomas Huxley

It won't be a question of how well-trained or well-equipped
the army is but one of the authority it serves.
- Adnan Pachachi

Last year, Congress gave the Department of Defense
the authority to design a new civilian personnel system
for its employees as part of the defense authorization bill.
- Norm Dicks

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

No authority is higher than reality.
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga

A king is always a king - and a woman always a woman:
his authority and her sex ever stand between them and rational converse.
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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

There are millions of kids who, naturally,
if we could only remember how it is -
you know,
you resent authority, you are impatient for change,
you want to fix things up.
- Thomas Foran

Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life,
the secret of eloquence and of virtue,
and of all moral authority.
- Henri Frederic Amiel

Authority forgets a dying king.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Men in authority will always think that criticism of
their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies with patriotism,
and find criticism subversive.
- Henry Steele Commager

Lawyer acted without authority from our band.
He had no right to sell the Wallowa country.
- Chief Joseph

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.
- Thomas Aquinas

All the modern christian churches have no more authority to preach,
baptize, or administer any other ordinance of the gospel
than the idolatrous Hindoos have.
- Orson Pratt

In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels.
- Georges Jacques Danton

Liberty is the proper end and object of authority,
and cannot subsist without it; and it is liberty to that which is good,
just, and honest.
- John Winthrop

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

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.
- Hannah Arendt

Punishment may make us obey the orders we are given,
but at best it will only teach an obedience to authority,
not a self-control which enhances our self-respect.
- Bruno Bettelheim

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
- Euripides

But constant experience shows us that every man invested
with power is apt to abuse it,
and to carry his authority as far as it will go.
- Charles de Secondat

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

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


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