Quotation Explorer - 'Authority'

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. - Thomas H. Huxley
When you find the church you're supposed to be in, you will recognize the pastor’s voice as an important spiritual authority in your life. - Stormie Omartian
The value of the award, reward or prize is not the size of the money or fame it is attached with ,but the worth in terms of the TRUSTWORTHINESS of the authority from whose hands the winners receive it. - Anuj Somany
Though such authority and respect shouldn't be handed to all and sundry, have in caution's innermost room a confidant, a faithful mirror, whose correction you value when disillusionment is necessary. - Baltasar Gracián
Show me the man who keeps his house in hand,He's fit for public authority. - Sophocles
Justice requires that to lawfully constituted Authority there be given that respect and obedience which is its due; that the laws which are made shall be in wise conformity with the common good; and that, as a matter of conscience all men shall render obedience to these laws. - Pope Pius XI
Wherever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience. - Thomas Haliburton
Almost all people are hypnotics. The proper authority saw to it that the proper belief should be induced, and the people believed properly. - Charles Fort
PLENIPOTENTIARY, adj. Having full power. A Minister Plenipotentiary is a diplomatist possessing absolute authority on condition that he never exert it. - Ambrose Bierce
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
Nothing is lost that cannot be refound" she says in a voice infused with otherworldly authority "this is the Dark Goddess's promise to guide you back to your deepest self and soul. If you choose this Sarah, so will it be. - Karen Clark
I do not believe in the immortality of the individual, and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern without any superhuman authority behind it. - Albert Einstein
The first step towards obtaining wisdom is to acknowledge the sovereignty and authority of God and to be subject wholly to His will. - Sunday Adelaja
We recognize authority based on whether we feel we could attain authority by the rules by which the authority was obtained. - Clifford Cohen
The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. - Kenneth H. Blanchard
In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual. - Galileo Galilei
If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever. - G. K. Chesterton
Success brings a measure of credibility. The fastest way to turn credibility into authority is to deliver results. The best way to deliver results is to help others succeed. You can help others succeed by being helpful. Always look for ways to be helpful. Helpful people are always in demand. - Richie Norton
There is a fundamental difference between religion, which is based on authority, and science, which is based on observation and reason. Science will win because it works. - Stephen Hawking
The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. - Socrates
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.
A man might share his wealth, but never his authority. - Amit Kalantri
Life in this form is one-time chance, death is the inevitable consequence for anyone who is born. The record of one’s death is the primary respect one could render to the lost one. Tears of all relatives of missing people are indeed flowing due to this invaluable action by the authority. - Nilantha Ilangamuwa
Someone who claims to write with emotion recollected in tranquility, is a fool and a liar. To understand is to tremble. To recollect is to re-enter and riven......I admire the authority of being on one's knees in front of an event. - Harold Brodkey
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth. - Albert Einstein
The spirit of fornication and adultery robs a man of his authority in the spiritual realm. - Sunday Adelaja
Even the most honest human in authority often does not have the power to undo the damages that bad people do. - Auliq Ice
Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but memory. - Leonardo da Vinci
Authority confined in you does not make you a leader. It is the authority created by you that makes you influence people with your purpose. - Israelmore Ayivor
I believe in the magic and in the authority of words - René Char
Logic merely enables one to be wrong with authority. - Doctor Who
MACE, n. A staff of office signifying authority. Its form, that of a heavy club, indicates its original purpose and use in dissuading from dissent. - Ambrose Bierce
SCEPTER, n. A king's staff of office, the sign and symbol of his authority. It was originally a mace with which the sovereign admonished his jester and vetoed ministerial measures by breaking the bones of their proponents. - Ambrose Bierce
Just as Man developed morals and ethical behavior over thousands of years of evolution; so, too, did he invent an authority figure to enforce these behaviors - God. - Lex Allen
God has the Power to make it happen. You have the Authority to make it happen. So stop complaining, get up, & manifest your destiny. - Tony Warrick
No moral system can rest solely on authority. - A. J. Ayer
You can delegate authority, but not responsibility.
Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?[Lutheran theologian illustrating his objection to heliocentrism due to the Bible's support of geocentrism] - Abraham Calovius
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
Question authority... Then ignore it! - Joseph Barjack
The faith that stand on authority is not faith. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
I shall challenge all authority. Question all who claim dominion over me. I am not a thoughtless being but a man with his own beliefs. - Grandaddy BAD
The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. - Stanley Milgram
Atheism may be defined as the mental attitude which unreservedly accepts the supremacy of reason and aims at establishing a lifestyle and ethical outlook verifiable by experience and the scientific method, independent of all arbitrary assumptions of authority and creeds. - Madalyn Murray O'Hair
It's better to teach people than to scare them, Lauren. If you scare them and nothing happens, they lose their fear, and you lose some of your authority with them. It's harder to scare them a second time, harder to teach them, harder to win back their trust. Best to begin by teaching. - Octavia E. Butler
Authority could derive from passion, not pieces of paper. - Daniel Mendelsohn
I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom. - Noam Chomsky
Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion, or some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent, or statute. - Cicero
No one of real intelligence will accept anything just because some authority declares it be so. Don't accept the truth of anything you have not confirmed for yourself. - Paul Hoffmann
(On being in a position of leadership) Even if it's your dog, you've got authority over somebody. Start treating him better. - Joyce Meyer
I am not interested in having freedom from burdens. I don't need any authority to free me from responsibility.I am not interested in having freedoms within an authoritarian's parameters. I am only interested in self-determination.I have only respect for liberty as I am a libertarian. - A.E. Samaan
Although I am an anarch, I am not anti-authoritarian. Quite the opposite: I need authority, although I do not believe in it. My critical faculties are sharpened by the absence of the credibility that I ask for. As a historian, I know what can be offered. - Ernst Jünger
Authority to dream is not given, it is taken. Take it. Do not let the judgment of others be the final word. Without a doubt, if there is a one-word, one-step cure for bad peg moments, that word is perseverance. Let that be your final word. - J. Loren Norris
I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it. - George Carlin
That is what I have always understood to be the essence of anarchism: the conviction that the burden of proof has to be placed on authority, and that it should be dismantled if that burden cannot be met. - Noam Chomsky
Authority is not a power, it is a responsibility. - Amit Kalantri
The moment you begin to see yourself as GOD sees you, it gives you permission, authority and the audacity to become what you see through His eyes. - TemitOpe Ibrahim
No one can make us feel anything. We always have the authority over how we choose to feel about something. Never give anyone that much power over yourself. - Renee Cefalu
DESTINY, n. A tyrant's authority for crime and fool's excuse for failure. - Ambrose Bierce
There is no fettering of authority. - William Shakespeare
Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. - Anne Bradstreet
I am a strong believer in the tyranny, the dictatorship, the absolute authority of the writer. - Philip Pullman
Authority is just and faithful in all matters of promise-keeping; it is also considerate, and that is why a good mother is the best home-ruler. - Charlotte M. Mason
The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. - Marcus Tullius Cicero
Where God is like the sun, the Devil is like a raindrop. There is no 'God vs. Satan' because they aren't even that close in power and authority. The former is very patient; the latter is at mercy. - Criss Jami
Kate's Speciality: Killing things, with much bloodshed. Talking trash, infuriating authority. Driving Beast Lord crazy. - Ilona Andrews
If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet.
Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way - Ronald Reagan
Ultimately, totalitarianism is the only sort of politics that can truly serve the sky-god's purpose. Any movement of a liberal nature endangers his authority and that of his delegates on earth. One God, one King, one Pope, one master in the factory, one father-leader in the family at home. - Gore Vidal
If it is believed that these elementary schools will be better managed by the governor and council or any other general authority of the government, than by the parents within each ward, it is a belief against all experience. - Thomas Jefferson
You have to realize that modern power, is nothing but a concept in the mind of the one who’s under the power. And once you realize this, you realize that authority is indeed an illusion. - Phoenix Sinistra
The best way to detect the destructive element in someone is to watch closely their behavioural pattern when given authority over poverty. - Michael Bassey Johnson
A good pastor knows how to trust people and how to give them authority to fulfill all kinds of tasks. He tries to make himself unnoticed and unnecessary. Don’t be indispensable! - Pastor Adelaja Sunday
Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence. - Leonardo da Vinci
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. - Mark Twain
Believe nothing against another but on good authority; and never report what may hurt another, unless it be a greater hurt to some other to conceal it. - William Penn
In the true student-teacher relationship authority is only recognized because it is earned.
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts. - Voltaire
Under the United States Constitution, the federal government has no authority to hold states "accountable" for their education performance...In the free society envisioned by the founders, schools are held accountable to parents, not federal bureaucrats. - Ron Paul
The speaker calls for a careful examination of Christ's principle of turning the other cheek before we use it as a demand or excuse for total personal pacifism. After all, when literally struck on the cheek, Jesus did question the legitimacy of the authority by which this was done. - John Thackway
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself. - Albert Einstein
Authority that can not be questioned is tyranny" Terry Pratchett: A Slip of the Keyboard - Hank Quense
The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings. - George W. Bush
No one presumes to teach an art that he has not first mastered through study. How foolish therefore for the inexperienced to assume pastoral authority when the care of souls is the art of arts. - St. Gregory Dialogos
No settlement with the majority is possible as no Hindu leader speaking with any authority shows any concern or genuine desire for it. - Muhammad Ali Jinnah
The young know how truly difficult and dreadful youth can be. Their youth is wasted on everyone else, that's the horror. The young have no authority, no respect. - Anne Rice
The same state of the passions which fits the multitude, who have not sufficient stock of reason and knowledge to guide them, for opposition to tyranny and oppression, very naturally leads them to a contempt and disregard of all authority. - Alexander Hamilton
The book-learned preacher who carries the badge of authority, is by no means religious. - Abhijit Naskar
Part of our work as faithful Christians is to learn how to discern when, and by what means, to resist authority. - The Liberty Book
You must be Independent, Independent, Independent - don't talk so much but do more - go your own way and let your neighbour go his... Shake off all the props - the props tradition and authority give you - and go alone - crawl - stumble - stagger - but go alone. - Charles Rennie Mackintosh
The proud cannot accept the authority of God giving direction to their lives. (See Helaman 12:6.) They pit their perceptions of truth against God’s great knowledge, their abilities versus God’s priesthood power, and their accomplishments against His mighty works. - Ezra Taft Benson
A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority. - Brendan Francis
A majority of the people do not actually lend their support to the authority, but just repay the debt to the favour received from her/him. - Anuj Somany
The names of entities that have the power to constrain us change with time. Convention and authority are replaced by infirmity. But my attitude toward them has not changed. Has not changed. - Cormac McCarthy
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.
Never tell an unnecessary lie; the truth has great authority. The cleverest murders have been caught, not because they told the one essential lie, but because they continued to lie about unimportant detail when the truth could have done them no harm. - P.D. James
[The public school system is] usually a twelve year sentence of mind control.Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism andcompromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting itinstead into meek subservience to authority. - Walter Karp
The Holy Spirit is saying that no authority or authoritative being exists that was not created by Jesus Christ. This is a statement beyond creation. It is a statement of Godhead. - Todd Coburn
It is not God that is worshipped but the authority that claims to speak in His name. Sin becomes disobedience to authority not violation of integrity. - Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
Only a prostitute will trade her valuables for money, so you shouldn't sell your God given ideas and talents for money, because you don't own it in any way but should be by a divine authority. - Michael Bassey Johnson
One thing that became clear to me is that images of a divine mother are surprisingly important in the psychological wholeness of women, especially in the process of women taking up residence in their own authority. - Sue Monk Kidd
I believe in the magic and authority of words. - René Char
Loyalty, respect for authority and some degree of sanctification create a more binding social order that places some limits on individualism and egoism. - Jonathan Haidt
If you wish to know what a man is, place him in authority. - Yugoslav Proverb
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 McGill
Jesus not only preached liberty, but has the authority to direct history toward its final victory. - The Liberty Book
I try to avoid having thoughts. They lead to other thoughts, and—if you’re not careful—those lead to actions. Actions make you tired. I have this on rather good authority from someone who once read it in a book. - Brandon Sanderson
Spiritual authority is the direct result of God doing a greater work in the deeper areas of a leader’s life. - Gary Rohrmayer
Authority forgets a dying king - Alfred Tennyson
The weaker the man in authority... the stronger his insistence that all his privileges be acknowledged. - Austin O'Malley
Be the one whose Lord is Jesus and who takes His words as a final authority without any thought of controversy. True believers follow Jehovah, not only for what He does, but specially for who He is. - Israelmore Ayivor
It takes courage to share your gifting, but when you do, you have authority and a life changing attitude - Logan Baker
There is a difference between being a leader and being a boss. Both are based on authority. A boss demands blind obedience; a leader earns his authority through understanding and trust. - Klaus Balkenhol
The eyes of such a nation (living godly) shall view a land that stretches afar. Talking about global influence, authority, dignity and respect. - Sunday Adelaja
Hence, you see your faith, you see your doubt, you see your desire and will to learn, and when you are induced by divine authority to believe what you do not see, you see at one that you believe these things; you analyze and discern all this. - Augustine of Hippo
You can seek out good fortune, authority (power), and even a righteous life-partner...and find them all. But when all of this is gone...which it will be eventually, I wish you Peace, which is only found through Christ our Lord. - Joe Campos
Cynicism places the cynic at the center seat of judgement with the self appointed authority to criticize and condemn. - Jayce O'Neal
It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition. - Bertrand Russell
I can safely say, on the authority of all that is revealed in the Word of God, that any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven. - A.W. Tozer
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