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Abuse Of Authority Quotes


"Imagination is an abuse of power." - Johannes Grenzfurthner

"The abuse of love, like the abuse of health, brings suffering and death in its train." - Juliette Drouet

"In no other field of scientific endeavor do otherwise intelligent people feel free to make public claims based on prejudice and ignorance. Yet in relation to psychic phenomena, committed materialists feel free to disregard the evidence and behave irrationally and unscientifically, while claiming to speak in the name of science and reason. They abuse the authority of science and bring rationalism into disrepute." - Rupert Sheldrake

"I have seen firsthand how injustice gets overlooked when the victims are powerless or vulnerable, when they have no one to speak up for them and no means of representing themselves to a higher authority. Animals are in precisely that position. Unless we are mindful of their interests and speak out loudly on their behalf, abuse and cruelty go unchallenged." - Desmond Tutu

"Every parent can imagine the joys of child abuse." - Mason Cooley

"There are always those who are willing to surrender local self-government and turn over their affairs to some national authority in exchange for a payment of money out of the Federal Treasury. Whenever they find some abuse needs correction in their neighborhood, instead of applying the remedy themselves they seek to have a tribunal sent on from Washington to discharge their duties for them, regardless of the fact that in accepting such supervision they are bartering away their freedom." - Calvin Coolidge

"In an average day, you may well be confronted with some species of bullying or bigotry, or some ill-phrased appeal to the general will, or some petty abuse of authority. If you have a political loyalty, you may be offered a shady reason for agreeing to a lie or a half-truth that serves some short-term purpose. Everybody devises tactics for getting through such moments; try behaving "as if" they need not be tolerated and are not inevitable." - Christopher Hitchens

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

"This China trade deal is basically like the Bobby Knight of trade deals. You know, you abuse, you abuse, you abuse, and then they say 'Well, OK, we'll let you try one more time." - David Bonior

"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

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

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

"The abuse of a thing is no argument against the use of it." - Jeremy Collier

"Some degree of abuse is inseparable from the proper use of everything." - James Madison

"Th abuse of greatness is when it disjoins remorse from power." - William Shakespeare

"Indecision is a form of self-abuse - be ready to step up!" - Suzanne Evans

"The antidote to this abuse of formal Government, is, the influence of private character, the growth of the Individual." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"At this time of year it's easy to forget the true meaning of Christianity - the lies, the corruption, the abuse." - Banksy

"I went through a lot of abuse and a lot of really difficult things growing up - depression, anxiety, attempted suicide." - Pattie Mallette

"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

"If it is abuse, - why one is always sure to hear of it from one damned goodnatured friend or another!" - Richard Brinsley Sheridan

"Three hundred years of humiliation, abuse and deprivation cannot be expected to find voice in a whisper." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Finally, the scariest thing about abuse of any shape or form, is, in my opinion, not the abuse itself, but that if it continues it can begin to feel commonplace and eventually acceptable." - Alan Cumming

"The abuse of prescription pills is a real thing. I understand that there are people that really need them and I understand that there are people that abuse them, and it's just a gray line that unfortunately has to exist." - Channing Tatum

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

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

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

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

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

"Mere abuse is no criticism." - P G Wodehouse

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

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

"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

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

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

"Nor bigots who but one way see, Through blinkers of authority." - Matthew Green

"Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"The ultimate court of appeal is observation and experiment... not authority." - Thomas Henry Huxley

"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

"I'm certainly not suggesting legalization of polyamory. But it's also unfairly judgmental of you to compare such relationships to the criminal acts of bestiality or child sexual abuse." - Emily Yoffe

"The people of California clearly have the right to prohibit the sale of a product that is the result of abject animal abuse." - Nathan Runkle

"Am sorry to note that abuse and condemnation of a common acquaintance often constitutes very strong bond of union between otherwise uncongenial spirits." - E. M. Delafield

"Lesbian and gay people are a permanent part of the American workforce, who currently have no protection from the arbitrary abuse of their rights on the job." - Coretta Scott King

"Sexism is the foundation on which all tyranny is built. Every social form of hierarchy and abuse is modeled on male-over-female domination." - Andrea Dworkin

"If circumcision has any justification AT ALL, it should be medical only. Parents' religion is the worst of all reasons - pure child abuse." - Richard Dawkins

"These last few years we've seen an unacceptable abuse of power, having a president whose priority is expanding his own power." - Trey Gowdy

"When certain persons abuse us, let us ask ourselves what description of characters it is that they admire; we shall often find this a very consolatory question." - Charles Caleb Colton

"Abuse of power isn't limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we're not vigilant." - Clint Eastwood

"Abuse counselors say of the abusive client: "When he looks at himself in the morning and sees his dirty face, he sets about washing the mirror." - Lundy Bancroft

"I write about power, that's my real subject - how you get it, what you do with it, how you abuse it. I'm equally wary of liberals and conservatives." - Rene Balcer

"The Congress' name of 'INC' must be changed to 'Institutions Neglecting Congress'. Their habit is to misuse, abuse and reduce institutions." - Narendra Modi

"Any cause that requires mockery and abuse to advance itself isn't one I need to engage with, regardless of my basic beliefs or agreement with the underlying goals." - Jay Lake

"If one of your best friends is making a Star Wars movie, you're not gonna not abuse that privilege. I defy anybody to say otherwise!" - Simon Pegg

"If both factions, or neither, shall abuse you, you will probably be about right. Beware of being assailed by one and praised by the other." - Abraham Lincoln

"Frankly I'm not great with heroin addicts. I tried heroin, but it was by accident. I'm not great with that level of substance abuse." - Michael Stipe

"Some people think it's demeaning to victims if you ever say anything out-loud about sexual abuse of children. I don't know if that's true." - Louis C K

"The abuse of books kills science. Believing that we know what we have read, we believe that we can dispense with learning it." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"Half the wrong conclusions at which mankind arrive are reached by the abuse of metaphors, and by mistaking general resemblance or imaginary similarity for real identity." - Henry John Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston

"I think people are sick and tired of all the abuse songs, and drug addiction, we want to bring to world a big fat smile." - Steve Brown

"In your whole life nobody has ever abused you more than you have abused yourself. And the limit of your self-abuse is exactly the limit that you will tolerate from someone else. if someone abuses you a little more than you abuse yourself, you will probably walk away from that person. But if someone abuses you a little less than you abuse yourself, you will probably stay in the relationship and tolerate it endlessly." - Miguel Angel Ruiz

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

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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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

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

"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

"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.

"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

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

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

"Authority does not equal competency." - Andy Stanley

"Psychiatry does not commit human rights abuse. It is a human rights abuse." - Thomas Szasz

"Abuse is abuse; Be nice.. Harsh words don't break bones but they often break hearts." - Joseph Simmons

"By ensuring that no one in government has too much power, the Constitution helps protect ordinary Americans every day against abuse of power by those in authority." - John Roberts

"Forgiveness is created by the restitution of the abuser; of the wrongdoer. It is not something to be squeeeeeezed out of the victim in a further act of conscience-corrupting abuse." - Stefan Molyneux

"Mockery of religion is one of the most essential things... one of the beginnings of human emancipation is the ability to laugh at authority." - Christopher Hitchens

"The lust of dominion innovates so imperceptibly that we become complete despots before our wanton abuse of power is perceived; the tyranny first exercised in the nursery is exhibited in various shapes and degrees in every stage of our existence." - Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann

"It is the natural disposition of all men to listen with pleasure to abuse and slander of their neighbour, and to hear with impatience those who utter praises of themselves." - Demosthenes

"For the educated, the authority of science rested on the strictness of its methods; for the mass, it rested on the powers of explanation." - Jacques Barzun

"To live coram Deo is to live one's entire life in the presence of God, under the authority of God, to the glory of God." - R C Sproul

"Democracy and equality try to denythe mystic recognition of difference and innate priority, the joy of obedience and the sacred responsibility of authority." - D H Lawrence

"Whenever I hear a man talking of the advantages of our ill-used sex, I look upon it as the prelude to some new act of authority." - Letitia Elizabeth Landon

"Vulgar prejudices are those which arise out of accident, ignorance, or authority; natural prejudices are those which arise out of the constitution of the human mind itself." - William Hazlitt

"...By far the most usual way of handling phenomena so novel that they would make for a serious rearrangement of our preconceptions is to ignore them altogether, or to abuse those who bear witness for them." - William James

"If he were any other man, I might have suspected him of substance abuse, of being coked up or something. But Barrons was too much a purist for that; his drugs were money, power, and control" - Karen Marie Moning

"There is a mistaken idea, ancient but still with us, that an overdose of anything from fornication to hot chocolate will teach restraint by the very results of its abuse." - M F K Fisher

"And journalism itself has changed. News organizations and some journalists have transformed from their traditional role as watchdogs of power into institutions of power themselves with an ability, indeed, a susceptibility, to abuse that power." - Joan Konner

"In any given society the authority of man over man runs in inverse proportion to the intellectual development of that society." - Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

"It [Adam's act] cast off the authority of God, usurped his prerogative, and gave the mind up to the dominion of natural desire" - John L. Dagg

"Old age, especially an honored old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority." - Thomas Jefferson

"The authority of the civil defense ... issued a warning to the civilian population not to pick up any of those pencils because they are booby traps" - Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

"We believe that the people are the source of all governmental power; that the authority of the people is to be extended, not restricted." - Barbara Jordan

"Civilization means, above all, an unwillingness to inflict unnecessary pain ... those of us who heedlessly accept the commands of authority cannot yet claim to be civilized men." - Harold Laski

"No theory of my own will ever stand in the way of my executing, in good faith, any order I may receive from those in authority over me." - Ulysses S Grant

"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 B. Macaulay

"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 Henry Huxley

"The child, in fact, once he feels sure of himself, will no longer seek the approval of authority after every step." - Maria Montessori

"There can be no better measure of our governance than the way we treat our children, and no greater failing on our part than to allow them to be subjected to violence, abuse or exploitation." - Jessica Lange

"There's a long, long history of women suffering abuse, injustice, and not having the same opportunities as men, and I think that's been very detrimental to the human race as a whole." - Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." - George Washington

"Scurrility has no object in view but incivility; if it is uttered from feelings of petulance, it is mere abuse; if it is spoken in a joking manner, it may be considered raillery." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Getting help for substance abuse can be reduced to the deceptively simple focus of 'keeping away from the dope.' But what does getting help with depression mean? Learning to keep away from your own mind?" - Elizabeth Wurtzel

"Each email contains an unsubscribe link. We will NEVER sell, rent, loan, or abuse your email address in ANY way. I was a very, very serious child... I was valedictorian of my kindergarten and eighth-grade class." - Christine Lavin

"Kyle had to give her credit; it took skill-plus no heart and a serious abuse of the English language- to break up with someone in fewer than 140 characters." - Julie James

"Experience constantly proves that every man who has power is impelled to abuse it; he goes on till he is pulled up by some limits. Who would say it! virtue even has need of limits." - Baron de Montesquieu

"Egotism is more like an offense, than a crime; though it is allowable to speak of yourself, provided nothing is advanced in favor; but I cannot help suspecting that those who abuse themselves are, in reality, angling for approbation." - Johann Georg Ritter von Zimmermann

"If the tide of defamation and abuse shall turn, and my administration come to be praised, future Vice-Presidents who may succeed to the Presidency may feel some slight encouragement to pursue an independent course." - John Tyler

"Pornography as propaganda, according to feminist analysis, represents women as objects who love to be abused, and teaches men practices of degradation and abuse to carry out upon women." - Sheila Jeffreys

"I have known people who radiate vulnerability. Their facial expressions say I am afraid of you. These people invite abuse. By expecting to be hurt, do they subtly encourage it?" - Ted Bundy

"Abuse and respect are diametric opposites: You do not respect someone whom you abuse, and you do not abuse someone whom you respect." - Lundy Bancroft

"The most agreeable thing in life is worthy accomplishment. It is not possible that the idle tramp is as contented as the farmers along the road who own their own farms, and whose credit is good at the bank in town. When the tramps get together at night, they abuse the farmers, but do not get as much satisfaction out of it as do the farmers who abuse the tramps. The sounder your argument, the more satisfaction you get out of it." - E W Howe

"What gets called 'the sixties' left a mixed legacy and a lot of divides. But it opened everything to question, and what seems the most fundamental and most pervasive in all the ensuing changes is the loss of faith in authority: the authority of government, of science, of patriarchy, of progress, of capitalism, of violence, of whiteness." - Rebecca Solnit

"Whatever increases the strength and authority of your body over your mind, that is sin to you, however, innocent it may be in itself." - Robert Southey

"The examples of vice at home corrupt us more quickly and easily than others, since they steal into our minds under the highest authority." - Juvenal

"A man's women folk, whatever their outward show of respect for his merit and authority, always regard him secretly as an ass, and with something akin to pity." - H L Mencken

"Never before had I recognized the ring of majesty that was in Billy Black's voice, though I realized now that this authority had always been there." - Stephenie Meyer

"You could become internationally famous - you're Gemini, and according to antique authority have a literary talent, which of course your letters prove." - Ted Hughes

"God does not rule by the consent of His subjects but by His sovereign authority. His reign extends over me whether I vote for Him or not." - R C Sproul

"Christ is the source of all true priesthood authority and power on earth. It is His work, in which we are privileged to assist." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Until the will and the affections are brought under the authority of Christ, we have not begun to understand, let alone to accept, His lordship." - Elisabeth Elliot

"Since a democratic society repudiates the principle of external authority, it must find a substitute in voluntary disposition and interest; these can be created only by education." - John Dewey

"In a dynamic, decentralized system of individual choice and responsibility, people do not have to trust any authority but their own." - Virginia Postrel

"I am not going to use the federal government's authority deliberately to circumvent the natural inclination of people to live in ethnic homogeneous neighborhoods." - Jimmy Carter

"It is so human a book that I don't see how belief in its divine authority can survive the reading of it." - William James

"Harner has impeccable credentials, both as an academic and as a practicing shaman. Without doubt (since the recent death of Mircea Eliade) the world's leading authority on shamanism." - Nevill Drury

"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." - Ernest Renan

"A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority." - Brendan Francis

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

"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

"[T]he Clinton administration launched an attack on people in Texas because those people were religious nuts with guns. Hell, this country was founded by religious nuts with guns. Who does Bill Clinton think stepped ashore on Plymouth Rock? Peace Corps volunteers? Or maybe the people in Texas were attacked because of child abuse. But, if child abuse was the issue, why didn't Janet Reno tear-gas Woody Allen?" - P. J. O'Rourke

"Epithets are not arguments. Abuse does not persuade." - Robert Green Ingersoll

"Judging your early artistic efforts is artist abuse." - Julia Cameron

"Transcendentalism is, we might say, an early form of anarchism. The Transcendentalists also did not call themselves anarchists, but there are anarchist ideas in their thinking and in their literature. They were all suspicious of authority. We might say that the Transcendentalism played a role in creating an atmosphere of skepticism towards authority, towards government." - Howard Zinn



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