Quotations on Authority

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It's also natural in that part of the world to blame what people view as the... as the most important authority in the region, and that currently is the United States of America.
- John Abizaid
(Keywords: People, America, Authority, Blame, states, United, World)

The fate of every democracy, of every government based on the sovereignty of the people, depends on the choices it makes between these opposite principles, absolute power on the one hand, and on the other the restraints of legality and the authority of tradition.
- John Acton
(Keywords: Government, Power, People, Authority, Choices, Democracy, Fate, Principles, Tradition)

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral authority and character increase as the importance of the position increases.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Power, Society, Character, Authority, Importance)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Power, Authority, Earth, Law, Liberty, Man, Will)

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Morality, Authority, Fact, Obvious, Religious)

No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
- Joseph Addison
(Keywords: Legal, Authority, Oppression)

My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures.
- Sherman Alexie
(Keywords: Purpose, Authority, Children)

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
(Keywords: Art, Life, Virtue, Authority, Eloquence, Maxim)

Allen Ginsberg was a world authority on the writing of William Blake, and had an incredible knowledge of classic literature and world politics.
- David Amram
(Keywords: Politics, Knowledge, Authority, Literature, World, Writing)

I am a liberated woman. And I do believe if a woman does equal work she should be paid equal money. But personally I am feminine and I do like male authority to lean on.
- Julie Andrews
(Keywords: Work, Money, Authority, Woman)

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
(Keywords: War, Authority, Cause, First, Intention, Order)

That science has long been neglected and declining in England, is not an opinion originating with me, but is shared by many, and has been expressed by higher authority than mine.
- Charles Babbage
(Keywords: Science, Authority, England, Opinion)

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
- Thomas Babington
(Keywords: Society, Failure, American, Authority, Democracy)

We've broken the code base into logical chunks, called modules, and the foundation staff delegate authority for the modules to people with the most expertise.
- Mitchell Baker
(Keywords: People, Authority, Expertise)

I have been given the authority over you, and I am not the best of you. If I do well, help me; and if I do wrong, set me right. Sincere regard for truth.
- Abu Bakr
(Keywords: Truth, Authority, Help, Right, Wrong)

I bow before the authority of special men because it is imposed upon me by my own reason.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Men, Authority, Reason)

But I recognize no infallible authority, even in special questions; consequently, whatever respect I may have for the honesty and the sincerity of such or such an individual, I have no absolute faith in any person.
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Keywords: Faith, Honesty, Authority, May, Questions, Respect, Sincerity)

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.
- George Bancroft
(Keywords: People, Authority, Rights, Respect)

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
(Keywords: Government, People, Development, Authority, Opinion, Property, Public, Public opinion)

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: People, Authority, Doctors)

Destiny: A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Failure, Authority, Crime, Fool)

The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
- Ken Blanchard
(Keywords: Leadership, Successful, Authority, Influence, Key, Today)

How many Catholic schools do you think teach the students to question the authority of the Pope? Do you believe Christian schools teach students to question or challenge the authority of Jesus Christ? Do military schools teach the cadets to challenge the authority.
- Neal Boortz
(Keywords: Christian, Authority, Challenge, Military, Question, Schools, Students)

The National Intelligence Director needs the authority to do the job we are asking him to do. That means power over the intelligence budget. And to be effective, to be allowed to do his or her job, they must have authority over the budget.
- Leonard Boswell
(Keywords: Intelligence, Power, Authority, Job, Needs)

Though no one wants war, Congress needed to give the President the authority he needs to protect America while encouraging the use of diplomacy and negotiations to try and arrive at a peaceful solution to this problem.
- Allen Boyd
(Keywords: War, Encouraging, America, Authority, Congress, Diplomacy, Needs, President, Solution)

There is no stopping the world's tendency to throw off imposed restraints, the religious authority that is based on the ignorance of the many, the political authority that is based on the knowledge of the few.
- Van Wyck Brooks
(Keywords: Knowledge, Authority, Ignorance, Religious, World)

The president overstepped his authority when he asked the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans' international phone calls without obtaining a warrant.
- Sherrod Brown
(Keywords: Americans, Authority, President)

Creation implies authority in the sense of originator. The possibility of a 'Fall' is implied in a Covenant insofar as the idea of a Covenant implies the possibility of its being violated.
- Kenneth Burke
(Keywords: Idea, Possibility, Authority, Being, Creation, Sense)

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another.
- James MacGregor Burns
(Keywords: Act, Authority, Class, Revolution, Violence)

To see and be acquainted with strangers, in especial with men in honour and authority.
- Thomas Cavendish
(Keywords: Men, Authority, Strangers)

Just because people are in authority, if it doesn't seem right, don't do it. If it violates your own principles, don't do it.
- Steve Chabot
(Keywords: People, Authority, Principles, Right)

All wars come to an end, at least temporarily. But the authority acquired by the state hangs on; political power never abdicates.
- Frank Chodorov
(Keywords: Power, Authority, End, State)

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran
(Keywords: Fear, Authority, Crime, Glory)

To consider only one other such witness: the followers of the Buddha have at least as much right to appeal to individual and social experience in support of the authority of the Eastern saviour.
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Keywords: Experience, Authority, Followers, Right, Support)

I believe I'm a better authority than anybody else in America on my own wife. I have never known a person with a stronger sense of right and wrong in my life ever.
- William J. Clinton
(Keywords: Life, Wife, America, Authority, Right, Sense, Wrong)

Democrats believe we must have comprehensive health care reform that includes giving the federal government authority to negotiate lower prices with drug companies.
- Jim Clyburn
(Keywords: Government, Health, Authority, Care, Democrats, Giving, Reform)

To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority.
- Morris Raphael Cohen
(Keywords: Science, People, Authority, Majority, Results)

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
(Keywords: Men, Patriotism, Authority, Criticism, Will)

My reason, it's true, controls my feelings, but whatever its authority, it doesn't rule them so much as tyrannize them.
- Pierre Corneille
(Keywords: Feelings, Authority, Reason)

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
(Keywords: Love, Authority, Luck)

It's as though all the terms of a family were present at one time rather than his dad and his mum. Not just a present authority, but the resident memory of what qualifies what else is the case.
- Robert Creeley
(Keywords: Dad, Family, Time, Authority, Memory, Present)

One of the things that is wrong with America is that everybody who has done anything at all in his own field is expected to be an authority on every subject under the sun.
- Elmer Davis
(Keywords: America, Authority, Sun, Wrong)

We'll have a public power authority, which will also have the ability to build power or finance power. And more importantly, we'll have more power than our economy provides. All of that will give us leverage we don't have today.
- Gray Davis
(Keywords: Finance, Power, Ability, Authority, Economy, Public, Today, Will)

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
(Keywords: Design, Authority, Congress, Defense, Employees)

I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
- Marlene Dietrich
(Keywords: Love, Thoughts, Authority, Joy, Quotations)

I am conservative by temperament. I disapprove of criminal activity. I am very solidly and markedly on the side of authority. The truth is I would rather err on the side of too much authority than too little.
- James Ellroy
(Keywords: Truth, Authority, Conservative, Temperament)

The President sends us a billion-page paper that shows how he would spend the money if he were spending the money. He doesn't have the authority to spend the money. He doesn't spend $1 of the money.
- Michael Enzi
(Keywords: Money, Authority, President)

Many critics of the Palestinians, especially those in Congress, think the current calm is merely the eye of the storm. That's why the House of Representatives approved a foreign aid package last week that forbade the direct financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority .
- Suzanne Fields
(Keywords: Financial, Authority, Congress, Eye)

The NRA provided that in America each industry should be organized into a federally supervised trade association. It was not called a corporative. It was called a Code Authority.
- John T. Flynn
(Keywords: America, Authority, Trade)

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
(Keywords: Change, Authority, Kids, Want)



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