Quotations on Authority

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We have one authority and one law and everyone has the responsibility to follow that law and that authority.
- Mahmoud Abbas
(Keywords: Authority, Law, Responsibility)

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)

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
(Keywords: Authority, Custom, Duty, Influence, Liberty, Man, Opinion)

The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.
- Lord Acton
(Keywords: Authority, Country, Duty, Man, Right, Spirit, State)

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)

The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
- Aeschylus
(Keywords: Authority, Man)

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)

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 Arendt
(Keywords: Authority, Day, Defiance, May, Religious, World)

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
(Keywords: Authority, Events, Facts, Historians, Living)

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)

Blanche is written with a terrible authority, the authority that comes from artistic necessity when the writer is compelled to write by his demon, rather than by his agent or promoter.
- Paul Bailey
(Keywords: Authority, Necessity, Writer)

As a result of my study, I came to the conclusion that a common supreme authority was undesirable.
- Fredrik Bajer
(Keywords: Authority, Result, Study)

The Palestinian Authority refuses on an ongoing basis to take the necessary steps to prevent terrorists from getting into Israel.
- David Baker
(Keywords: Authority, Israel)

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)

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
(Keywords: Authority, May, Obedience, Punishment, Self, Will)

But I was amazed at how organized the Palestinian election authority was, how competent they were in setting up their polling places and the poll workers they had.
- Joe Biden
(Keywords: Authority, Workers)

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)

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.
- Allan Bloom
(Keywords: Authority, Children, Entertainment, Parents, Public)

Now they call in all of the authority figures they can find and hire them - the cost has gone up. The picture may or may not get better, but definitely, it gets more cumbersome.
- Don Bluth
(Keywords: Authority, May, Now)

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)

This means that the search for a formula of European cooperation in connection with the League of Nations, far from weakening the authority of this latter must and can only tend to strengthen it, for it is closely connected with its aims.
- Aristide Briand
(Keywords: Authority, Connection, Cooperation, Formula, Nations)

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)

It was necessary to bluff the Japanese camp commanders, with whatever authority I could muster, that I had come officially to ensure that the surrender terms were being complied with and that living conditions for the POWs were being immediately improved.
- Wilfred Burchett
(Keywords: Authority, Being, Commanders, Living, Surrender)

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)

All my authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
- Jesus Christ
(Keywords: Authority, Earth, Heaven)

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Keywords: Authority, Want)

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



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