Quotes and Sayings about Authority



"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Legal, Authority, Oppression)

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

"My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures."
- Sherman Alexie
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Work, Money, Authority, Woman)

"It is fundamentally important that Grasso resign so that the New York Stock Exchange can restore its moral authority."
- Phil Angelides
(Related: Authority)

"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
(Related: War, Authority, Cause, First, Intention, Order)

"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
(Related: Age, Authority)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Society, Failure, American, Authority, Democracy)

"Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Time, Daughter, Truth, Authority)

"I get involved if a problem comes up after the death has been investigated by the local authority."
- Michael Baden
(Related: Death, Authority)

"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
(Related: Authority, Necessity, Writer)

"As a result of my study, I came to the conclusion that a common supreme authority was undesirable."
- Fredrik Bajer
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Men, Authority, Reason)

"Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker."
- Mikhail Bakunin
(Related: Thought, Authority)

"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
(Related: Faith, Honesty, Authority, May, Questions, Respect, Sincerity)

"Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect."
- George Bancroft
(Related: 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
(Related: Government, People, Development, Authority, Opinion, Property, Public, Public opinion)

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

"Death is the sanction of everything the story-teller can tell. He has borrowed his authority from death."
- Walter Benjamin
(Related: Death, Authority)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Authority, Workers)

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

"The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority."
- Ken Blanchard
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: War, Encouraging, America, Authority, Congress, Diplomacy, Needs, President, Solution)

"Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish."
- Anne Bradstreet
(Related: Wisdom, Authority)

"Of course the UN brings in a lot of moral authority."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Authority)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: Knowledge, Authority, Ignorance, Religious, World)

"I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority."
- Rita Mae Brown
(Related: Authority)

"The president overstepped his authority when he asked the NSA to eavesdrop on Americans' international phone calls without obtaining a warrant."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: 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
(Related: Authority, Being, Commanders, Living, Surrender)

"Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates."
- Arleigh Burke
(Related: Authority)

"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
(Related: Idea, Possibility, Authority, Being, Creation, Sense)

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

"I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it."
- George Carlin
(Related: People, Authority)

"To see and be acquainted with strangers, in especial with men in honour and authority."
- Thomas Cavendish
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Power, Authority, End, State)

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

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

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

"A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Authority, Leading, Right)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Love, Authority, Luck)

"Don't name it, as they say, because instantly you offer it to this peculiar authority."
- Robert Creeley
(Related: Authority, Name)

"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
(Related: Dad, Family, Time, Authority, Memory, Present)

"Foreign nationals entering the United States illegally who are taken into custody by the Border Protection Corps or by State or local law enforcement authorities must be promptly delivered to a federal law enforcement authority."
- John Culberson
(Related: Authority, Law, Protection, State, states, United)

"In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels."
- Georges Jacques Danton
(Related: Authority)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Design, Authority, Congress, Defense, Employees)

"The decisions of law courts should never be printed: in the long run, they form a counter authority to the law."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Authority, Decisions, Law)

"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
(Related: Love, Thoughts, Authority, Joy, Quotations)

"You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility."
- Byron Dorgan
(Related: Authority, Responsibility)

"Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty."
- Norman Douglas
(Related: Authority, Distrust, Duty, First)

"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
(Related: Americans, Authority)

"Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve."
- Maureen Dowd
(Related: Authority, Celebrity, Democracy, Famous, Giving)

"And I have been campaigning for the past three months trying to get the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the oversight authority and responsibility to start its own public hearings."
- Sibel Edmonds
(Related: Authority, Committee, Months, Past, Public, Responsibility, Senate, Trying)

"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
(Related: Authority, Concern, Ethics, Immortality)

"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
(Related: Truth, Authority, Conservative, Temperament)

"The faith that stands on authority is not faith."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Faith, Authority)

"I created no authority that wasn't already there under the constitution."
- John Engler
(Related: Authority, Constitution)

"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
(Related: Money, Authority, President)

"Authority is never without hate."
- Euripides
(Related: Authority, Hate)

"New faces have more authority than accustomed ones."
- Euripides
(Related: Authority, Faces)

"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
(Related: 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
(Related: 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
(Related: Change, Authority, Kids, Want)

"Those who enjoy responsibility usually get it; those who merely like exercising authority usually lose it."
- Malcolm Forbes
(Related: Authority, Responsibility)

"The movie business is very much like that: people in authority making purely emotional decisions instead of interesting rational ones."
- Bill Forsyth
(Related: Business, People, Authority, Decisions)

"Freedom of conscience entails more dangers than authority and despotism."
- Michel Foucault
(Related: Authority, Conscience, Freedom)

"The dead and past stories that I have told again in divers fashions, are not set down without authority."
- Marie de France
(Related: Authority, Past)

"A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority."
- Brendan Francis
(Related: Authority, Quotation, Speech)

"I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual relations between adults, which people may like or dislike, and people who physically impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children."
- Barney Frank
(Related: People, Authority, Children, Deep, May)

"Authority is not a quality one person "has," in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him."
- Erich Fromm
(Related: Quality, Authority, Property, Sense)

"It vexes me when they would constrain science by the authority of the Scriptures, and yet do not consider themselves bound to answer reason and experiment."
- Galileo Galilei
(Related: Science, Authority, Reason)

"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."
- Galileo Galilei
(Related: Science, Authority, Questions, Worth)

"Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: Authority, Effort)

"They have the ability to take a person's freedom from them. On certain situations, they have the ability to take a person's reputation. And under certain circumstances, they have the authority to take a person's life."
- Daryl Gates
(Related: Life, Ability, Authority, Circumstances, Freedom, Reputation)

"Authority doesn't work without prestige, or prestige without distance."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Work, Authority)

"I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge."
- Charles de Gaulle
(Related: Authority, Respect)

"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
(Related: Men, Sacrifice, Authority, Consideration)

"They sent me the script, asking me to play the part of a general. I have never played the part of an authority figure. I've never thought of myself that way. I was uncomfortable with it, but I worked at it and knew I had a guttural voice for a general."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Thought, Authority, Play, Voice)

"There's a certain way you stand to give yourself authority, which gives you the texture for the part. I chose that my character hadn't been married, he'd worked his way up the chain of command. For a small cameo role, I gave it a lot of thought."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Thought, Character, Authority)

"We respect the role of the Senate. We respect the authority of the Senate to look at the qualifications of Judge Roberts, and at the end of the day I'm optimistic that if given a fair hearing and a fair opportunity, that he will be confirmed."
- Alberto Gonzales
(Related: Opportunity, Authority, Day, End, Hearing, Respect, Senate, Will)

"There is no moral authority like that of sacrifice."
- Nadine Gordimer
(Related: Sacrifice, Authority)

"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
(Related: War, Authority, Iraq, President, Resolution)

"There has always been a certain proportion of people who leave the Church on issues of authority and sex. That hasn't changed since we started doing research on it back in the early 1960s."
- Andrew Greeley
(Related: Sex, People, Church, Authority, Research)

"Nor bigots who but one way see, through blinkers of authority."
- Matthew Green
(Related: Authority)

"Historically, America has answered to a higher authority."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: America, Authority)

"The burnt odor in Washington is from the disintegrating authority of the governing classes."
- William Greider
(Related: Authority, Washington)

"Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience."
- Thomas Chandler Haliburton
(Related: Authority)

"Mankind are apt to be strongly prejudiced in favor of whatever is countenanced by antiquity, enforced by authority, and recommended by custom."
- Robert Hall
(Related: Authority, Custom, Mankind)

"Most kids will not volunteer to eat veggies. At times you must step up to the plate and enforce the rule of authority as a parent."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Authority, Kids, Will)

"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
(Related: Government, Power, Authority, Terror, Years)

"Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education. To this end, liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools by the State governments, and, if need be, supplemented by legitimate aid from national authority."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Education, Authority, End, Liberal, Rest, Schools, State, Support)

"At home in Ireland, there's a habit of avoidance, an ironical attitude towards the authority figure."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Home, Attitude, Habit, Authority, Ireland)

"Everywhere, authority and tradition have to justify themselves in the face of questions."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: Authority, Questions, Tradition)

"One could write a history of science in reverse by assembling the solemn pronouncements of highest authority about what could not be done and could never happen."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: History, Science, Authority)

"No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority."
- Robert A. Heinlein
(Related: Authority)

"For a war to be just three conditions are necessary - public authority, just cause, right motive."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: War, Authority, Cause, Motive, Public, Right)

"Authority pisses me off. I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want."
- James Hetfield
(Related: Authority, Want)

"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
(Related: Power, People, Authority, Fact, Understanding, Want)

"We have to give value to authority. We have to give value to office, being in office, holding office."
- James Hillman
(Related: Authority, Being, Office, Value)

"Notwithstanding this high Ecclesiastical authority, he who dared accept truth only because it could be proved, or proved to be good, and disregard authority, was commonly stigmatized as an infidel."
- Ethan A. Hitchcock
(Related: Truth, Authority)

"It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law."
- Thomas Hobbes
(Related: Wisdom, Authority, Law)

"If you look to lead, invest at least 40% of your time managing yourself - your ethics, character, principles, purpose, motivation, and conduct. Invest at least 30% managing those with authority over you, and 15% managing your peers."
- Dee Hock
(Related: Time, Motivation, Character, Purpose, Authority, Ethics, Principles)

"Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church - he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives - but he gives the requisite qualifications, and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives them their official authority."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: Church, Authority, Christ)

"Our second remark is, that the office is of divine appointment, not merely in the sense in which the civil powers are ordained of God, but in the sense that ministers derive their authority from Christ, and not from the people."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: God, People, Authority, Christ, Office, Sense)

"So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure, or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent, but actively cooperate. They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: People, Authority, Constitution, Rules)

"The Church, during the apostolic age, did not consist of isolated, independent congregations, but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members, each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all."
- Charles Hodge
(Related: Age, Church, Authority, Body, Churches, Rest)

"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
(Related: Discipline, Authority, Cause, Trouble)

"It is plain that, when it comes to inferior officers, Congress itself can pass a law sending these nominees to the President with him having the authority to put them on the bench without the advice and consent of the Senate."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Advice, Authority, Congress, Law, President, Senate)

"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
(Related: Intelligence, Authority, Community, Security)

"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
(Related: Faith, Knowledge, Authority, Blind, Sin, Skepticism)

"The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment... not authority."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Authority, Court, Observation)

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
- Thomas Huxley
(Related: Knowledge, Authority, Rejection)

"'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions."
- Antony Jay
(Related: Authority, Committee, Decisions, Responsibility)

"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
(Related: Truth, Knowledge, Authority, Pursuit, Reason, Results)

"Leave no authority existing not responsible to the people."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: People, Authority)

"Outside of the Constitution we have no legal authority more than private citizens, and within it we have only so much as that instrument gives us. This broad principle limits all our functions and applies to all subjects."
- Andrew Johnson
(Related: Legal, Authority, Constitution, Limits)

"Eighty percent of the problems that beset unification immediately disappeared when the President signed the bill increasing the authority and the responsibility of the Secretary of Defense."
- Louis A. Johnson
(Related: Authority, Defense, President, Problems, Responsibility)

"The last job I applied for was to be a bus driver for the Chicago Transit Authority in 1957."
- Vernon Jordan
(Related: Authority, Chicago, Job)

"Lawyer acted without authority from our band. He had no right to sell the Wallowa country."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Authority, Country, Right)

"I do not espouse the unitarian position. President Clinton's assertion of directive authority over administration, more than President Reagan's assertion of a general supervisory authority, raises serious constitutional questions."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Authority, President, Questions)

"There are several reasons why Russians view the oppressive state positively. First, in the Russian Orthodox religion, there is an understanding of authority as something sent by God."
- Ryszard Kapuscinski
(Related: God, Religion, Authority, First, State, Understanding)

"The international community and Israel have the same opinion regarding the Hamas government. We don't say we are going to boycott it forever. We say the Hamas government must abide by the obligations the Palestinian Authority has signed."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Government, Authority, Community, Israel, Opinion)

"The Hamas organization is unwilling to honor the obligations that the Palestinian Authority has signed."
- Moshe Katsav
(Related: Authority, Honor)

"Courtrooms contain every symbol of authority that a set designer could imagine. Everyone stands up when you come in. You wear a costume identifying you as, if not quite divine, someone special."
- Irving R. Kaufman
(Related: Authority, Symbol)

"The proper balance between individual liberty and central authority is a very ancient problem."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Authority, Balance, Liberty)

"I prize the conditions under which I have lived because they have permitted me to choose my opportunities, to inquire into such matters as interested me, and to publish what I believed to be true, uncontrolled by any central authority."
- Arthur Keith
(Related: Authority)

"But in a turbulent environment the change is so widespread that it just routes around any kind of central authority. So it is best to manage the bottom-up change rather than try to institute it from the top down."
- Kevin Kelly
(Related: Change, Authority, Environment)

"That's my main flaw: I always think authority figures or my boss is going to think something I do is funny. And usually they don't."
- Jimmy Kimmel
(Related: Funny, Boss, Authority)

"In liberal democracy and anxious anarchy, the traditional classic dance, compact of aristocratic authority and absolute freedom in a necessity of order, has never been so promising as an independent expression as it is today."
- Lincoln Kirstein
(Related: Dance, Anarchy, Authority, Democracy, Expression, Freedom, Liberal, Necessity, Order, Today)

"I had to delegate authority to the people on my staff. That means you shave away the hierarchy."
- Jurgen Klinsmann
(Related: People, Authority)

"The individual makes a clear effort to define moral values and principles that have validity and application apart from the authority of the groups of persons holding them and apart from the individual's own identification with the group."
- Lawrence Kohlberg
(Related: Values, Authority, Effort, Principles, Validity)

"Let us come to the philosophers, whose authority is of greater weight, and their judgment more to be relied on, because they are believed to have paid attention, not to matters of fiction, but to the investigation of the truth."
- Lactantius
(Related: Truth, Attention, Authority, Fiction, Investigation, Judgment, Weight)

"The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis."
- Dalai Lama
(Related: Authority, Reason, Rest)

"Conventional dogmas, even if endowed with the authority of an Aristotle - ancient or modern - must be tested vigorously. If they are found wanting, we need not bother with them. But if they are found to be substantially correct, we may not overlook them."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Authority, May)

"We need to stop the erosion of parental authority."
- Sonny Landham
(Related: Authority)

"We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority."
- David Herbert Lawrence
(Related: Authority, Hate)

"I wasn't good with authority, went to lots of schools, didn't like the fact that there was no autonomy."
- Nigella Lawson
(Related: Authority, Fact, Schools)

"Think for yourself and question authority."
- Timothy Leary
(Related: Authority, Question)

"We all agree that we've got to bring these terrorists to justice and to make sure that they're never allowed to perpetrate such an evil act as they did. And so all of us are dealing with that. We know that the President has the authority to go to war under the War Powers Act."
- Barbara Lee
(Related: War, Act, Authority, Evil, Justice, President)

"Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character."
- Robert E. Lee
(Related: Character, Authority, Obedience)

"My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Authority, College, Parents, Question, Traditions, Want)

"Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings."
- Walter Lippmann
(Related: Men, Authority, Economy, Effort, Freedom)

"I undertake that, in the exercise of my functions of that office I will have regard to any guidance with respect to ethical standards issued by the secretary of state under Section 66 of the Greater London Authority Act 1999."
- Kenneth Robert Livingstone
(Related: Act, Authority, Exercise, Guidance, London, Office, Respect, State, Will)

"I make no claim to be an authority on writing or illustrating for children."
- Hugh Lofting
(Related: Authority, Children, Writing)

"Football is like life - it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority."
- Vince Lombardi
(Related: Life, Work, Sacrifice, Perseverance, Authority, Dedication, Football, Hard work, Respect, Self)

"He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft."
- James Russell Lowell
(Related: Progress, Authority, Security)

"The State Film Authority will be there for film as industry only, as is the case in all the other states, except Victoria. Victoria is moving more now into supporting non-commercial films."
- Ann Macbeth
(Related: Authority, Film, Now, State, states, Will)

"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
(Related: Government, War, People, Authority, Support)

"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
(Related: Experience, Faith, Feelings, Authority, Connection)

"For which reason I would exhort you to pay all due Regard to the government over us; to the KING and all in authority; and to lead a quiet and peaceable life."
- Jonathan Mayhew
(Related: Government, Life, Authority, Quiet, Reason)

"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
(Related: Knowledge, Control, Authority, Enemy, Misfortune, Possession)

"But because our organization has grown so much and in so many different ways, the delegation process places responsibility and authority on the shoulders of people you can watch grow and watch the way they treat others."
- Vince McMahon
(Related: People, Authority, Responsibility)

"Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself."
- Golda Meir
(Related: Authority)

"Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No."
- John Mellencamp
(Related: Authority, Fight, School, Talking)

"I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song. Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain?"
- John Mellencamp
(Related: Authority, Song)

"The churches... have lost much of their authority over youth because they have refused to re-examine their religious sanctions and their dogmatic preaching in the light of modern physiology, psychology and sociology."
- Agnes E. Meyer
(Related: Authority, Churches, Light, Preaching, Psychology, Religious, Youth)

"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority."
- Stanley Milgram
(Related: Authority, Responsibility, Sense)

"I've always had trouble with authority."
- John Milius
(Related: Authority, Trouble)

"Authority is something from which we are constantly subtracting, of which there remains always a residue, and which we attempt to make smaller and smaller."
- Frederica Montseny
(Related: Authority)

"They don't want to be reminded that there is an authority higher than the authority of the state."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Authority, State, Want)

"The whole basis of the Constitution was a restriction of power, and the whole basis of the federalist system was that there was not one sovereign centralized power from which all authority flows."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Power, Authority, Constitution)

"In order to be a lieutenant, you've got to have authority in your voice. No matter how young your face looks, you've got to let your guys know that you're in charge."
- Esai Morales
(Related: Authority, Order, Voice)

"Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Love, Poetry, Authority, Fact, Language)

"When you make your peace with authority, you become authority."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Peace, Authority)

"The Supreme Court of the United States is hereby commanded to try Andrew Johnson for usurpation of our Imperial authority and prerogatives, and if found guilty, behead him or send him here to black the Emperor's boots."
- Joshua A. Norton
(Related: Authority, Court, states, United)

"The more she rejected us the more convinced I was that she was another version of the real Molly, her disdain for authority, her scepticism that she had to do what the white man told her because it was good for her... She is Molly."
- Phillip Noyce
(Related: Authority, Man)

"Of the sayings of Christ in the Synoptic Gospels that can be compared to those in the fourth Gospel, there are one or two which I venture to think can only have been recorded on the authority of St. John."
- Alfred Noyes
(Related: Authority, Christ, sayings)

"Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions."
- Joyce Carol Oates
(Related: Authority, Inventions, Passion)

"Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance. It is just the kind of authority that would attract the special attention of someone obsessed with himself and his own ability to influence events."
- Barbara Olson
(Related: Power, Ability, Attention, Authority, Events, Influence)

"In other words, the Church acknowledges Science as the higher authority."
- Wilhelm Ostwald
(Related: Science, Church, Authority, Words)

"In days when the public safety is imminently threatened, and the fate of a nation may hang upon a single act, we owe frank speech, above all other men, to him who is highest in authority. I shall speak to you as man to man."
- Robert Dale Owen
(Related: Men, Act, Authority, Fate, Man, May, Nation, Public, Safety, Speech)

"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
(Related: Army, Authority, Question)

"Between a man and his wife nothing ought to rule but love. Authority is for children and servants, yet not without sweetness."
- William Penn
(Related: Love, Wife, Authority, Children, Man, Nothing, Sweetness)

"Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Authority, Fathers, Now)

"The wisest have the most authority."
- Plato
(Related: Authority)

"Scientists and scholars should constitute themselves as an international NGO of exceptional authority."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Authority, Scientists)

"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
(Related: Authority, Body, Profession, Scientists)

"Admittedly, the body of scientists, as a whole, does uphold the authority of science over the lay public. It controls thereby also the process by which young men are trained to become members of the scientific profession."
- Michael Polanyi
(Related: Men, Science, Authority, Body, Profession, Public, Scientists)

"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
(Related: Thought, Authority, President)

"I also administer the Internet Assigned Names Authority, which is the central coordinator for the Internet address space, domain names and Internet protocol conventions essential to the use and operation of the Internet."
- Jon Postel
(Related: Authority, Internet, Names, Space)

"I don't value authority. I don't value the systems. I don't value patriarchal religion. I don't value the things that diminish you when you do tell the truth. So I'm not scared of the end result, and that is the biggest asset I have."
- Susan Powter
(Related: Religion, Truth, Authority, End, Result, Value)

"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
(Related: Government, Legal, God, Authority, Order, Universe)

"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
(Related: Christian, Authority, Churches)

"At various times during the last four thousand years God has asserted his rights and endeavoured to establish his own authority, his own laws, and his own government among the children of men."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Government, Men, God, Authority, Children, Rights, Laws, Years)

"God is the King. In him exists all legal authority."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Legal, God, Authority)

"In some South Pacific cultures, a speaker holds a conch shell as a symbol of temporary position of authority. Leaders must understand who holds the conch that is, who should be listened to and when."
- Max de Pree
(Related: Authority, Leaders, Symbol)

"I call religion a natural authority, but it has usually been conceived as a supernatural authority."
- Herbert Read
(Related: Religion, Authority, Supernatural)

"Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere as long as the policy you've decided upon is being carried out."
- Ronald Reagan
(Related: People, Policy, Authority, Being)

"Our moral authority is as important, if not more important, than our troop strength or our high-tech weapons. We are rapidly losing that moral authority, not only in the Arab world but all over the world."
- Robert Reich
(Related: Strength, Authority, Losing, Weapons, World)

"If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet."
- Keith Richards
(Related: Authority, Feet)

"In order to be respected, authority has got to be respectable."
- Tom Robbins
(Related: Authority, Order)

"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
(Related: Authority, Respect, Taxation)

"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
(Related: Men, Work, Authority, Force, Will)

"The attractive idea that we can now have a parliament of man with authority to control the conduct of nations by legislation or an international police force with power to enforce national conformity to rules of right conduct is a counsel of perfection."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Power, Idea, Control, Authority, Conformity, Force, Legislation, Man, Nations, Now, Parliament, Perfection, Police, Right, Rules)

"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
(Related: Authority, Freedom, Rights, Human rights, Self)

"No man has any natural authority over his fellow men."
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
(Related: Men, Authority, Man)

"You will launch many projects, but have time to finish only a few. So think, plan, develop, launch and tap good people to be responsible. Give them authority and hold them accountable. Trying to do too much yourself creates a bottleneck."
- Donald Rumsfeld
(Related: Time, People, Authority, Projects, Trying, Will)

"The issue is whether the ultimate civil authority of the United States can tolerate actions in contempt of constitutional lines of authority. Any lessening of civil power over military power must inevitably lead away from democracy."
- Harold Russell
(Related: Power, Actions, Authority, Contempt, Democracy, Military, states, United)

"Senior development specialists in the Treasury can be counted on one hand. America's government is not even aware of the gap between its commitments and action, because almost nobody in authority understands the actions that would be needed to meet the commitments."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Government, Development, Action, Actions, America, Authority)

"Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt."
- Vita Sackville-West
(Related: Fear, Authority, Doubt, Reason)

"In my day, the president ruled with authority before the law, but now all that is lost."
- Kim Y. Sam
(Related: Authority, Day, Law, Now, President)

"I am making this statement as an act of wilful defiance of military authority, because I believe that the War is being deliberately prolonged by those who have the power to end it."
- Siegfried Sassoon
(Related: Power, War, Act, Authority, Being, Defiance, End, Military)

"Israeli Arabs have more political rights than any other Arabs in the Middle East, including their compatriots in the Palestinian Authority."
- Jack Schwartz
(Related: Authority, Rights)

"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
(Related: Power, People, Authority, World)

"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
(Related: Experience, Power, Abuse, Authority, Man, Will)

"But there is a higher law than the Constitution, which regulates our authority over the domain, and devotes it to the same noble purposes."
- William H. Seward
(Related: Authority, Constitution, Law)

"I think I'm a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it's authority that I respect."
- Tupac Shakur
(Related: Leader, Authority, Respect)

"It's up to us, the people, to break immoral laws, and resist. As soon as the leaders of a country lie to you, they have no authority over you. These maniacs have no authority over us. And they might be able to put our bodies in prison, but they can't put our spirits in prison."
- Cindy Sheehan
(Related: Lie, People, Authority, Country, Laws, Leaders, Prison, Spirits)

"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
(Related: Sex, Authority, Woman)

"And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Authority, Old)

"The Liberals have been pressing for the brief on the basis of which he said there was authority for war."
- Clare Short
(Related: War, Authority, Liberals)

"Liberty is the possibility of doubting, the possibility of making a mistake, the possibility of searching and experimenting, the possibility of saying No to any authority - literary, artistic, philosophic, religious, social and even political."
- Ignazio Silone
(Related: Mistake, Possibility, Authority, Liberty, Literary, Religious, Saying)

"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
(Related: Discipline, Hope, Church, Authority, Fire, Unworthy, Want)

"I harbored a lot of resentment as a teenager and as a young adult. I still have a problem with authority, I'm trying to listen!"
- Nikki Sixx
(Related: Authority, Resentment, Trying)

"No movement finding itself in this stage of struggle can operate by getting authority from the leading body of the political organs for even minor action that is taken and we don't even know in the case of the actions which have publicize whether they are in fact our people."
- Joe Slovo
(Related: People, Action, Actions, Authority, Body, Fact, Leading, Struggle)

"It is manifestly vital to the success of the anti-slavery cause, that the authority and influence of proslavery, especially of slaveholding, ministers should be destroyed."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Success, Authority, Cause, Influence)

"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
(Related: Power, Wealth, Ability, Authority, Liberty, Military, Vitality)

"Moral authority has been laid to rest, world opinion is no more than a game show and the difference between good and evil is about as relevant as changing channels."
- Ralph Steadman
(Related: Authority, Difference, Evil, Opinion, Rest, World)

"The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizen's skin."
- Gloria Steinem
(Related: Authority, Skin)

"There are some classified documents there that we received from the CIA. Our arrangement with the CIA was that we could by mutual agreement declassify these documents, but we had no authority to unilaterally declassify them."
- Louis Stokes
(Related: Agreement, Authority)

"His authority on earth allows us to dare to go to all the nations. His authority in heaven gives us our only hope of success. And His presence with us leaves us no other choice."
- John Stott
(Related: Success, Hope, Authority, Choice, Earth, Heaven, Nations)

"Instead, I was interested in what I guess I could call narrative indeterminacy, in questioning the apparent, taken-for-granted authority of any particular representation of the events in question."
- Peter Straub
(Related: Authority, Events, Question, Questioning)

"I have very little hope that any permission can be gained for your organization. However, I shall place it in a special folder with similar applications and raise the question from time to time with such people here as may have authority."
- Anna Louise Strong
(Related: Time, People, Hope, Authority, May, Question)

"Mr. Truman studiously avoided giving power to his White House staff that has been characteristic of recent administrations. Staff people in the White House, with no responsibility but incredible authority is one of the reasons we're now in so much trouble."
- Stuart Symington
(Related: Power, People, Authority, Giving, Now, Responsibility, Trouble)

"I had learned many years ago in private business never to take responsibility without adequate authority; and the new Secretary of Defense, as budgets were sharply cut, quickly found that out."
- Stuart Symington
(Related: Business, Authority, Budgets, Defense, Responsibility, Years)

"A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power."
- Thomas Szasz
(Related: Power, Authority)

"But in our age the appeal to authority is weak, and I am of my age."
- Allen Tate
(Related: Age, Authority)

"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
(Related: Men, Authority, Custom, Man, Nothing)

"Authority forgets a dying king."
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
(Related: Authority, Dying)

"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
(Related: Mistake, Affection, Authority, Force)

"I'll be on my third honeymoon, so I'm more of an authority than I care to be."
- Alan Thicke
(Related: Authority, Care)

"The function of literature, through all its mutations, has been to make us aware of the particularity of selves, and the high authority of the self in its quarrel with its society and its culture. Literature is in that sense subversive."
- Lionel Trilling
(Related: Society, Authority, Culture, Literature, Quarrel, Self, Sense)

"The two principles referred to are Authority and Liberty, and the names of the two schools of Socialistic thought which fully and unreservedly represent one or the other of them are, respectively, State Socialism and Anarchism."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Thought, Authority, Liberty, Names, Principles, Schools, Socialism, State)

"The exercise of authority over the same area by two States is a contradiction."
- Benjamin Tucker
(Related: Authority, Contradiction, Exercise, states)

"The people are hungry: It is because those in authority eat up too much in taxes."
- Lao Tzu
(Related: People, Authority, Taxes)

"Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory."
- Miguel de Unamuno
(Related: Authority, Memory, Understanding)

"Well, our statute provides us with authority to conduct a very broad inquiry basically to provide an investigation of 9/11 that's thorough, complete and will withstand the scrutiny of history."
- Richard Ben Veniste
(Related: History, Authority, Investigation, Will)

"The school made it very clear that women were entitled to positions of authority. That sense of entitlement allowed us to feel that we have a natural place in leadership in the world. That gave me a mental and emotional confidence."
- Linda Vester
(Related: Leadership, Women, Authority, Confidence, School, Sense, World)

"Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don't let them take you ALIVE."
- Sid Vicious
(Related: Anarchy, Authority, Cause, Chaos, Disorder)

"Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Authority, Nothing, Silence)

"Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Intelligence, Argument, Authority, Memory)

"Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts."
- Voltaire
(Related: Men, Thought, Thoughts, Authority, Injustice, Speech)

"Well we'd just seen Gerry. I think he wanted somebody who had that authority and was handsome. The thing is, he's a big hunk isn't he? All I can say, if you look at his chat line, or the Phantom website, it's quite worrying. Because the girls really seem to love him."
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
(Related: Love, Authority, Girls)

"We have disciplinary authority and will use it when appropriate."
- William Hedgcock Webster
(Related: Authority, Will)

"The Priestly Code preponderates over the rest of the legislation in force, as well as in bulk; in all matters of primary importance it is the normal and final authority."
- Julius Wellhausen
(Related: Authority, Force, Importance, Legislation, Rest)

"Cameras in classrooms are no substitute for greater authority by parents and teachers."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Authority, Parents, Teachers)

"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 White
(Related: Men, Time, Control, Authority, Being, Voice)

"There is no necessity to separate the monarch from the mob; all authority is equally bad."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Authority, Mob, Necessity)

"That's why editors and publishers will never be obsolete: a reader wants someone with taste and authority to point them in the direction of the good stuff, and to keep the awful stuff away from their door."
- Walter Jon Williams
(Related: Authority, Direction, Editors, Taste, Will)

"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
(Related: Authority, End, Liberty)

"I will not nullify, I will not secede, but I will under sovereign State authority fight in the Union another revolutionary conflict for civil liberty, and a Union which will defend it."
- Henry A. Wise
(Related: Authority, Conflict, Fight, Liberty, State, Will)

"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
(Related: People, Character, Authority)

"The being cannot be termed rational or virtuous, who obeys any authority, but that of reason."
- Mary Wollstonecraft
(Related: Authority, Being, Reason)

"In order to the existence of such a ministry in the Church, there is requisite an authority received from God, and consequently power and knowledge imparted from God for the exercise of such ministry; and where a man possesses these, although the bis."
- John Wycliffe
(Related: Power, God, Knowledge, Church, Authority, Exercise, Existence, Man, Order)

"I didn't have any concept of age or authority. I remember realising, Oh, the world has rules and we don't."
- Moon Unit Zappa
(Related: Age, Authority, Rules, World)

"No authority is higher than reality."
- Peter Nivio Zarlenga
(Related: Authority, Reality)