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Positive Quotes about Authority

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

Related topics: Wisdom

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

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

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

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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

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I bow before the authority of special men because it
is imposed upon me by my own reason.
- Mikhail Bakunin

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

There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice.
- Nadine Gordimer

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

Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it;
those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it.
- Malcolm Forbes

I've always had trouble with authority.
- John Milius

Since when have we Americans been expected to bow submissively
to authority and speak with awe and reverence to those who represent us?
- William O. Douglas

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

No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau

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

The man whose authority is recent is always stern.
- Aeschylus

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

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

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

In this connection, faith and experience teach us many
truths by means of the short-cut of authority and by
the proofs of very pleasant and agreeable feelings.
- Nicolas Malebranche

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the
most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
- Stanley Milgram

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

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

Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism.
- Michel Foucault

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

The proper balance between individual liberty and central
authority is a very ancient problem.
- Arthur Keith

The exercise of authority over the same area by two
States is a contradiction.
- Benjamin Tucker

I voted no on the resolution to give the president
authority to go to war against Iraq.
I was able to apply caveat emptor.
Most of my colleagues could not.
- Bob Graham

In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable.
- Tom Robbins

A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once.
- Frank Howard Clark

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

The improver of natural knowledge absolutely refuses
to acknowledge authority,
as such.
For him, skepticism is the highest of duties;
blind faith the one unpardonable sin.
- Thomas Huxley

Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority.
- Lakhdar Brahimi

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

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

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority
with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings.
- Walter Lippmann

Men of authority have employed all the destructive
agents around them to promote their own personal interests
at the sacrifice of every just,
honorable, and lawful consideration.
- John White Geary

Every one of our greatest national treasures,
our liberty, enterprise, vitality, wealth,
military power, global authority, flow from a surprising source:
our ability to give thanks.
- Tony Snow

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

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

I have taken this step because I want the discipline,
the fire and the authority of the Church.
I am hopelessly unworthy of it, but I hope to become worthy.
- Edith Sitwell

Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further
above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed
their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation.
- J. M. Roberts

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

The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the
basis of which he said there was authority for war.
- Clare Short

You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.
- Byron Dorgan

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires.
- Emile M. Cioran

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

Authority forgets a dying king.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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

The movie business is very much like that:
people in authority making purely emotional decisions
instead of interesting rational ones.
- Bill Forsyth

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle
to those who want to learn.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

In my day, the president ruled with authority before the law,
but now all that is lost.
- Kim Y. Sam

He makes a great mistake...
who supposes that authority is firmer or better established
when it is founded by force than that which is welded by affection.
- Terence

Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love.
Authority is for children and servants,
yet not without sweetness.
- William Penn

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

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

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


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