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"You cannot undermine police authority and then complain about rising crime." - Thomas Paine

"The foundation of morality should not be made dependent on myth nor tied to any authority lest doubt about the myth or about the legitimacy of the authority imperil the foundation of sound judgment and action." - Albert Einstein

"Truth for authority, not authority for truth." - Lucretia Mott

"When the man who knows all about the fruit fly chromosomes finds himself sitting next to an authority on Beowulf, there may be an uneasy silence." - Brand Blanshard

"Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself." - Vladimir Lenin

"Mouths talk without authority sometimes ..." - Caroline Pafford Miller

"Real leadership is about building people up and empowering them. Many leaders feel that empowering someone else will reduce their own authority. I ask you: When Rasulallah salAllahu alayhi wa sallam empowered the sahaba, did that take away from his authority or did it empower him?" - Nouman Ali Khan

"There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me." - John Wayne

"To bring about government by oligarchy, masquerading as democracy, it is fundamentally essential that practically all authority and control be centralized in our Federal government. . . The individual sovereignty of our states must first be destroyed." - Franklin D Roosevelt

"If there is disturbance in the camp, the general's authority is weak. If the banners and flags are shifted about, sedition is afoot. If the officers are angry, it means that the men are weary." - Sun Tzu

"We have been deceived into believing prayer is all about persuading God to release His power. We no longer need to beg or plead; we need to exercise the authority He has given us and receive His blessings." - Andrew Wommack

"For the first time in American history, men in authority are talking about an 'emergency' without a foreseeable end... such men as these are crackpot realists: in the name of realism they have constructed a paranoid reality all their own." - C Wright Mills

"Anyone who knows anything about journalism knows that reporters are rarely in a position to investigate anything. They lack the authority to subpoena witnesses, to cross-examine, to scrutinize official records. They are lucky to get their phone calls returned." - Irving Kristol

"All authority belongs to the people." - Thomas Jefferson

"Art made tongue-tied by authority." - William Shakespeare

"Bullies thrive wherever authority is weak" - Tim Field

"Authority is conferred by position, not character." - Mason Cooley

"The authority of God is behind the establishing of human authority." - Alistair Begg

"Freedom is about authority. Freedom is about the willingness of every single human being to cede to lawful authority a great deal of discretion about what you do." - Rudy Giuliani

"You may talk about religion and speak about the Gospel, and say we have got the truth and the plan of salvation, and we have got the authority of the Priesthood; but if we are not honest, it does not amount to anything; for neither God nor honorable men love dishonesty. We must, therefore, be an honest people." - George Q. Cannon

"Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration." - Seneca the Younger

""True expertise is the most potent form of authority."" - Victoria Bond

"Progress in thought is the assertion of individualism against authority." - Oscar Wilde

"War and Authority are companions; Peace and Liberty are companions." - Benjamin Tucker

"Every legitimate authority should respect its extent and its limits." - Joseph Joubert

"Reasonable argument is impossible when authority becomes the arbiter." - Orson Scott Card

"Fish are not the best authority on water." - Jane Yolen

"Authority is permission to spew platitudes to people below you." - Rob Payne

"Defiance, not obedience, is the American's answer to overbearing authority." - Ayn Rand

"Mere precedent is a dangerous source of authority." - Andrew Jackson

"Great leaders gain authority by giving it away." - James Stockdale

"If you delegate authority, you will build leaders." - Craig Groeschel

"The anger of those in authority is always weighty." - Seneca the Younger

"We often imagine that the court serves as a sort of neutral umpire controlling the warring political branches. But this is mostly myth. The justices of the Supreme Court are themselves actors in the struggle for power, and when they intervene, they think carefully about how their decisions will affect the courts own legitimacy and authority." - Noah Feldman

"Webster never goes behind government, and so cannot speak with authority about it. His words are wisdom to those legislators who contemplate no essential reform in the existing government; but for thinkers, and those who legislate for all time, he never once glances at the subject.... Comparatively, he is always strong, original, and, above all, practical. Still, his quality is not wisdom, but prudence." - Henry David Thoreau

"The power of the press in America is a primordial one. It sets the agenda of public discussion; and this sweeping political power is unrestrained by any law. It deter- mines what people will talk and think about-an authority that in other nations is reserved for tyrants, priests, parties and mandarins." - Theodore White

"I can't speak with authority about Emeka Anyaoku. I just didn't know him that well." - Bob Hawke

"That's the thing about independently minded children. You bring them up teaching them to question authority, and you forget that the very first authority they question is you." - Susan Sarandon

"Authority figures are so irritating. Because they always tell you to do things for reasons that aren't very good. That sums up what authority is about for me." - Rupert Everett

"They must find it difficult ... those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority." - Gerald Massey

"How can you be sure?" "I'm a doctor, Jenna. And a scientist." "Does that make you an authority on everything? What about a soul, Father? When you were so busy implanting all your neural chips, did you think about that? Did you snip my soul from my old body, too? Where did you put it? Show me! Where? Where in all this groundbreaking technology did you insert my soul?" - Mary E. Pearson

"Submission is not about authority and it is not obedience; it is all about relationships of love and respect." - William P Young

"As we are concerned with what others think of us, so we are anxious to know all about them; and from this arise the crude and subtle forms of snobbishness and the worship of authority. Thus we become more and more externalized and inwardly empty. The more externalized we are, the more sensations and distractions there must be, and this gives rise to a mind that is never quiet, that is not capable of deep search and discovery." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"The Hacker Ethic: Access to computers-and anything which might teach you something about the way the world works-should be unlimited and total. Always yield to the Hands-On Imperative! All information should be free. Mistrust authority-promote decentralization. Hackers should be judged by their hacking, not bogus criteria such as degrees, age, race, or position. You can create art and beauty on a computer. Computers can change your life for the better." - Steven Levy

"When you stand in your own authority, based in your own direct experience, you meet that ultimate mystery that you are. Even though it may be at first unsettling to look into your own no-thingness, you do it anyway. Why? Because you no longer want to suffer. Because you're willing to be disturbed. You're willing to be amazed. You're willing to be surprised. You're willing to realize that maybe everything you've ever thought about yourself really isn't true." - Adyashanti

"The nice thing about citing god as an authority is that you can prove anything you set out to prove." - Robert A Heinlein

"The less people know about what is really going on, the easier it is to wield power and authority." - Charles, Prince of Wales

"For intellectual authority, the appropriate version of Descartes 's cogito would be today: I am talked about, therefore I am." - Zygmunt Bauman

"The less people know about what is really going on, the easier it is to wield power and authority." - Prince Charles

"Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're only talking about the high school teacher? No." - John Mellencamp

"The Bible alone is the only authority that can bind the conscience of a person absolutely because it is the only authority that carries with it the intrinsic authority of God Himself." - R C Sproul

"I fight authority and authority always wins." - John Mellencamp

"They're trying to say that greater federal authority would have made a difference, ... The reality is that the feds are the ones that screwed up in the first place. It's not about authority. It's about leadership. ... They've got all the authority already." - George Haddow

"When I started working in a feminist feminine magazine all my life was about rebelling against male authority, which is authority in general is male, so it was rebelling against everything. Everything that was around me made me angry." - Isabel Allende

"There are three things about Barack that really stand out for me: strength, moral authority, and wisdom. ... He has pressed the reset button on the moral authority of the entire free world." - David Cameron

"The script for this film was written 52 years ago by Edward R. Murrow, who taught us many valuable lessons about responsibility and always, always questioned authority, because without it authority often goes unchecked." - George Clooney

"Real spiritual authority has to do with the truth of the actual words being spoken, and the spirit of the person behind the words. Really, authority is about truth: honest-living truth." - John Ortberg

"Be yourself. Don't pretend that you know something you don't. Don't create the appearance of fake authority. Speak about the things you really care about." - Agnieszka Holland

"The right is absolute ... government has no authority to forbid me from owning a firearm ... the debate is not about guns. It is about freedom." - Tom Mcclintock

"If you care about other people, you might try to organize to undermine power and authority. That's not going to happen if you care only about yourself." - Noam Chomsky

"For authority proceeds from true reason, but reason certainly does not proceed from authority. For every authority which is not upheld by true reason is seen to be weak, whereas true reason is kept firm and immutable by her own powers and does not require to be confirmed by the assent of any authority." - Johannes Scotus Eriugena

"Whenever there is authority, there is a natural inclination to disobedience." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft let by the nose with gold." - William Shakespeare

"The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government..." - Eleanor Roosevelt

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

"I write because I have authority from life to do so." - Bessie Head

"Peace is not the absence of conflict it is authority over chaos." - Danny Silk

"Just make sure your children hate authority and they'll do fine." - John Waters

"We [americans] have earned the moral authority, at least compared to anybody else in the world..." - Chuck Todd

"Regardless of your race, religion or political affiliation, never hesitate to question those in authority." - Tavis Smiley

"Authority is the unmistakeable tone in the voice of a true writer." - John J. Geddes

"[Satan] has been thoroughly defeated and only holds people by usurped authority and power." - Chuck Smith

"When we pray in the name of Jesus, we carry the authority of heaven." - Eric Ludy

"I think thats the most important job of a novelist - to bring authority to their writing." - Maria Semple

"Almost all the opinions we have are taken on authority and on credit." - Michel De Montaigne

"Who will venture to place the authority of Copernicus above that of the Holy Spirit?" - John Calvin

"Where Example keeps pace with Authority, Power hardly fails to be obey'd." - William Penn

"A simple man with Scripture has more authority than the Pope or a council." - Martin Luther

"The president has the authority to end this dragnet surveillance immediately" - Ron Wyden

"Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know." - Socrates

"Authority does not equal competency. Pass decisions down to those who can best handle them." - Andy Stanley

"The authority of Scripture is greater than the comprehension of the whole of man's reason." - Martin Luther

"Conformity-the natural instinct to passively yield to that vague something recognized as authority." - Mark Twain

"We work for peace every time we exercise authority with wisdom and authentic love." - Jean Vanier

"Authority is the assumption that someone else knows better than you." - James Cromwell

"The reliance on authority measures the decline of religion, the withdrawal of the soul." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Even while lying, you'll be believed if you speak with authority." - Anton Chekhov

"Authority is quite degrading." - Oscar Wilde

"Always question the authority." - Tom Morello

"No controlling legal authority" - Al Gore

"I cannot stand authority." - Mikhail Baryshnikov

"The People adore authority." - Charles Baudelaire

"[Religion] attacks us in our deepest integrity - the core of our self-respect. Religion says that we would not know right from wrong, we would not know an evil, wicked act from a decent human act without divine permission, without divine authority or without, even worse, either the fear of a divine punishment or the hope of a divine reward. It strips us of the right to make our own determination, as all humans always have, about what is and what is not a right human action." - Christopher Hitchens

"Meditation is the most extraordinary thing if you know how to do it, and you cannot possibly learn from anybody; and that's the beauty of it. It isn't something you learn, a technique, and therefore there is no authority. Therefore if you will learn about yourself, watch yourself, watch the way you walk, the way you talk, how you eat, what you say, the gossip, the hate, the jealousy. If you are aware of it without any choice, all that is part of meditation, and as you go, as you journey, as that movement goes, all that movement is meditation. Then that movement is endless, timeless." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"All of the evidence highlights the implicit bargain that is offered to citizens: pose no challenge and you have nothing to worry about. Mind your own business, and support or at least tolerate what we do, and you'll be fine. Put differently, you must refrain from provoking the authority that wields surveillance powers if you wish to be deemed free of wrongdoing. This is a deal that invites passivity, obedience, and conformity. The safest course, the way to ensure being "left alone," is to remain quiet, unthreatening, and compliant." - Glenn Greenwald

"An intellectual may be defined as a man who speaks with general authority about a subject on which he has no particular competence." - Irving Kristol

"When it comes to holdouts, there's a presupposition that the player is some angry rebel who's defying authority and only cares about the money." - Leigh Steinberg

"Freedom is not a concept in which people can do anything they want, be anything they can be. Freedom is about authority." - Rudy Giuliani

"I can write with authority only about what I know well, which means that I end up using surface details of my own life in my fiction." - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

"Sometimes I read about someone saying with great authority that animals have no intentions and no feelings, and I wonder, 'Doesn't this guy have a dog?'" - Frans De Waal

"The only people I have ever seen paint successfully, consistently, with great authority, unselfconsciously and without fear of failing were about four years old." - Brian Johnson

"I believe that there's a way to question authority with manners, with dignity. There's no reason to be rude about it." - Nicolas Cage

"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

"I've been writing about growing old for some time, really from the beginning of my career. It's something I'm apparently hung up about and now that I am old, hopefully I speak about it with some authority." - Loudon Wainwright Iii

"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

"There are questions of real power and then there are questions of phony authority. You have to break through the phony authority to begin to fight the real questions of power." - Karen Nussbaum

"Without authority there is no liberty. Freedom is doomed to destruction at every turn, unless there is a recognized right to freedom. And if there are rights, there is an authority to which we appeal for them." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"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 with no other choice." - John Stott

"The ultimate authority resides in the people, and that if the federal government got too powerful and overstepped its authority, then the people would develop plans of resistance and resort to arms." - James Madison

"There are reasons to have rules and regulations. That I understand. Authority is a different thing. Authority is to maintain its own position by increasing its power and domination over those people it is supposedly protecting." - James Cromwell

"When Holy Church occasionally hinted that she still considered her authority to be supreme over all nations and superior to the authority of states, men in these times tended to snicker." - Walter M. Miller, Jr.

"In the end theologians are jealous of science, for they are aware that it has greater authority than do their own ways of finding "truth": dogma, authority, and revelation. Science does find truth, faith does not." - Jerry A. Coyne

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

"When you make your peace with authority, you become authority." - Jim Morrison

"A man who says, 'I want to change, tell me how to', seems very earnest, very serious, but he is not. He wants an authority whom he hopes will bring about order in himself. But can authority ever bring about inward order? Order imposed from without must always breed disorder." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"After all, when you're talking about an authority figure oppressing against people, it's the people that hold that authority figure up. If you want to get free of this bondage, then we need to think about ways to free ourselves, rather than looking to the oppressors to free us." - Keith Stanfield

"The authority of government . . . can have no pure right over my person and property but what I concede to it." - Henry David Thoreau

"I have been advised by the best medical authority, at my age, not to attempt to give up alcohol." - W C Fields

"The laws of nature are the laws of God, whose authority can be superseded by no power on earth." - George Mason

"Remember: you are the only person who thinks in your mind! You are the power and authority in your world." - Louise Hay

"A Coach must never forget that he is a leader and not merely a person with authority." - John Wooden

"Authority in science exists to be questioned, since heresy is the spring from which new ideas flow." - John Charles Polanyi

"Science as such assuredly has no authority, for she can only say what is, not what is not." - William James

"You can become anything you want to be ... It's a matter of authority. Whatever a man's confidence, that's his capacity." - Marijane Meaker

"We know, on the authority of Moses, that longer than six thousand years the world did not exist." - Martin Luther

"When people in authority want the rest of us to behave, it matters-first and foremost-how they behave." - Malcolm Gladwell

"When we do in Grenada what the Soviet Union did in Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, we lose moral authority and credibility." - Jesse Jackson

"Sometimes it's easier for people who are in authority to be authoritarian, because people know where you stand." - Meryl Streep

"I like writing flawed women, and being one, its something I feel I can write with some veracity and authority." - Callie Khouri

"And truly Philosophy is but sophisticated poetry. Whence do those ancient writers derive all their authority but from the poets?" - Michel De Montaigne

"At a distance, we cannot conceive of the authority of a despot who knows all his subjects on sight." - Stendhal

"Until we stand in a place where we have met God, we have no authority to change a Nation" - Lou Engle

"There is no power or authority without responsibility, and he who accepts the one cannot escape or evade the other." - Haile Selassie

"True Leadership is the authority given by the trust of the followers to use power for the benefit of all." - Myles Munroe

"Anyone at any age is able to tell the story of his or her life with authority." - E L Doctorow

"Put away the book, the description, the tradition, the authority, and take the journey of self-discovery." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Authentic Christian Preaching carries a note of authority and a demand for decisions not found elsewhere in society." - Albert Mohler

"There is a great difference, then, between "power" and "authority." Power refers to one's ability to coerce others (through physical, economic, or other means) to do one's bidding. One can possess the means of power: physical strength, armaments, and money. But authority must be performed. Authority refers to one's ability to gain the trust and willing obedience of others. While power rests on intimidation, authority survives through inspiration." - Joshua Meyrowitz

"It's true that most people find it far more comfortable to trust an authority than to have their faith questioned." - Daniel Ellsberg

"Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found" - Bertrand Russell

"Can those entrusted with the gravest authority set any example save that of the sternest obedience to the law?" - Calvin Coolidge

"I beseech you, Wrest once the law to your authority: To do a great right, do a little wrong." - William Shakespeare

"I must lay down the law as I understand it, and as I read it in books of authority." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"This is the essence of Kingdom Authority. Fathers can have no authority in the home until they have surrendered to the headship of Jesus. Mothers cannot pray with authority for their children when they have no submissive spirit to their own husbands. Pastors cannot lead, teach, or preach with anointing and supernatural power without being fully broken and surrendered to the lordship of Christ, the authority of the Word, and the commands of the Spirit." - Adrian Rogers

"Authority does not equal competency." - Andy Stanley

"Authority figures always attract trouble" - J K Rowling

"Authority. The antithesis of science." - Stephen Baxter

"Our submission defines our authority" - Bradley Cooper

"I have an authority problem." - Lena Dunham

"Power without authority is tyranny." - Jacques Maritain



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