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Authority Of People Quotes


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

"The People adore authority." - Charles Baudelaire

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

"The foundation of authority is based upon the consent of the people." - Thomas Hooker

"The sovereign power of all civil authority is founded in the consent of the people." - Roger Williams

"Authority: The skill of getting people to willingly do your will, because of your personal influence." - James Hunter

"Surround yourself with great people; delegate authority; get out of the way" - Ronald Reagan

"The express authority of the people alone could give validity to the Constitution." - James Madison

"Some people represent authority without ever possessing any of their own." - Banksy

"I think people have to recognise that the traditional modes of authority weren't that great." - Jimmy Wales

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

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

"All authority comes from the people." - Michael Davies

"No art can conquer the people alone-the people are conquered by an ideal of life upheld by authority." - William Butler Yeats

"How can a good God appoint cruel people to positions of authority? The answer is simple: God is the originator of the authority, but He is not the author of the cruelty. Man is responsible for his cruel actions, not God. All authority is of God, but not all authority is godly." - John Bevere

"To be sure, the vast majority of people who are untrained can accept the results of science only on authority." - Morris Raphael Cohen

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

"This open resistance to [Parliament's] authority can only have found place among the lower and more ignorant of the people." - Henry Seymour Conway

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

"When comprehending how different people truly are, you also comprehend the absolute necessity of some divine authority." - Criss Jami

"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

"Power people are generally threatened by authority people..." - James Hunter

"Physical violence is the basis of authority." - Leo Tolstoy

"Kindness out of season destroys authority." - Saadi

"There is no fettering of authority." - William Shakespeare

"Self-possession is the backbone of authority." - Thomas Chandler Haliburton

"The net poses a fundamental threat not only to the authority of the government, but to all authority, because it permits people to organize, think, and influence one another without any institutional supervision whatsoever." - John Seabrook

"Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability. Too often those with authority are able (and willing) to surround themselves with people who support their decisions without question." - Larry Burkett

"What identifies an individual as a king is how other people behave towards him. All authority is assumed, and if other people don't accept your authority then you don't have it. Perhaps the critical thing to being a convincing figure of authority is actually not to try too hard." - Patrick Stewart

"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

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

"All lawful authority, legislative, and executive, originates from the people." - James Burgh

"The ultimate authority ... resides in the people alone." - James Madison

"Laws that oppress people have no moral authority" - Richard Stallman

"Relatively few people have the resources needed to resist authority." - Stanley Milgram

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

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

"To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself." - Albert Einstein

"The fundamental force behind the Second Amendment is to empower the people and give them the greatest measure of authority over the tyranny of runaway government." - Bob Schaffer

"Elderly people and those in authority cannot always be relied upon to take enlightened and comprehending views of what they call the indiscretions of youth." - Winston Churchill

"Through democracy we can address the basic needs of the people, involve them as participants in planning and restore the authority of the government." - Benazir Bhutto

"He was usually easygoing, one of those guys with little respect for authority because of a conviction that people in charge tend to do stupid things." - Jack Mcdevitt

"The submission of free people to the executive authority of government, is no more than a compliance with laws which they themselves have enacted." - Junius

"To handle the economy and services in a country like Iraq requires delegation of authority and the choice of competent people." - Ahmed Chalabi

"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

"Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority." - William Redington Hewlett

"No one can estimate the power of authority among poor and uneducated people in a world whose problems confuse even the wisest." - Joyce Cary

"You need those people to also have power and authority, and in a way that has been the story of my career." - Alden Ehrenreich

"Young people - there's been very little places in positions of authority in law enforcement for young people's skill sets, but the truth is we need them." - Patricia Arquette

"The P.L.O., and later the Palestinian Authority, never truly accepted that Israel, as the national state and homeland of the Jewish people, was here to stay." - Danny Danon

"If you're going to give people authority and hold them responsible and ultimately accountable for their performance, you've got to get out of the way." - Randy Lerner

"I worry that there are people who are put in positions of authority because they're good talkers, but they don't have good ideas." - Susan Cain

"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

"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

"I think people have always liked in me the combination of being the underdog because I'm a tiny woman but I have enormous authority in myself." - Linda Hunt

"The notion of the enduring authority focuses on the fact that some people think that notions like authority of Scripture's is passe, while others say that the present configuration of the doctrine of inerrancy is a late addition. And to both we want to say, No we're talking about the enduring authority of Scripture, grounded first and foremost in its relevatory status, something given by God and utterly reliable." - D A Carson

"Any acceptance of authority is the very denial of truth." - Jiddu Krishnamurti

"Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority." - Francis Bacon

"Direct action against the authority in the shop, direct action against the authority of the law, direct action against the invasive, meddlesome authority of our moral code, is the logical, consistent method of Anarchism. Will it not lead to a revolution? Indeed, it will. No real social change has ever come without a revolution. People are either not familiar with their history, or they have not yet learned that revolution is but thought carried into action." - Emma Goldman

"The modern susceptibility to conformity and obedience to authority indicates that the truth endorsed by authority is likely to be accepted as such by a majority of people, who are innately obedient to authority. This obedience-truth will then become a consensus-truth accepted by many individuals unable to stand alone against the majority. In this way, the truth promulgated by the propaganda system - however irrational - stands a good chance of becoming the consensus, and may come to seem self-evident common sense." - David Edward

"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

"Authority founded on injustice is never of long duration." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"By punishing men of talent we confirm their authority." - Tacitus

"Authority is itself inherently an act of imagination." - Richard Sennett

"Nothing should be considered outside the scope of God's authority." - Max Anders

"Authority leads through position. Influence builds others out of relationship." - Johnny Hunt

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein

"Decisions of this Court do not have intrinsic authority." - Felix Frankfurter

"I have no intention of sharing my authority." - Louis XVI of France

"The past has always been the handmaid of authority." - J. H. Plumb

"Custom and authority are no sure evidence of truth." - Isaac Watts

"Blind belief in authority is the greatest enemy of truth." - Albert Einstein

"I believe in the magic and authority of words." - Rene Char

"Nobody wants a unitary voice of authority any more." - Jill Abramson

"We need to stop the erosion of parental authority." - Sonny Landham

"Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty." - Norman Douglas

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

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

"Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character." - Robert E Lee

"Creation implies authority in the sense of originator." - Kenneth Burke

"And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority." - Hu Shih

"I do situations and make fun of authority and life." - Don Rickles

"Rigorous authority and justice are the kindness of kings." - Napoleon Bonaparte

"Unfortunately, there are people in America, there are people in politics, there are people in positions of authority, who want to forcibly unarm, and force in to helplessness, American citizens." - Ted Nugent

"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

"If any one shall claim a power to lay and levy taxes on the people by his own authority and without such consent of the people, he thereby invades the fundamental law of property, and subverts the end of government." - John Locke

"A press that has validity is a press that has authority. And as soon as there's any authority to what the press says, you question the authority of the government - it's like the existence of another authority." - Stephen Colbert

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

"When the state murders, it assumes an authority I refuse to concede: the authority of perfect knowledge in final things." - John Leonard

"Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt." - Vita Sackville-West

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

"They don't want to be reminded that there is an authority higher than the authority of the state." - Roy Moore

"I think that fear of the mob, the expectation that people, particularly poor and nonwhite people become mobs almost automatically in the absence of coercive authority, is inculcated by the media, the movies, and politicians." - Rebecca Solnit

"It is to be the assent and ratification of the several States, derived from the supreme authority in each State, the authority of the people themselves. The act, therefore establishing the Constitution, will not be a NATIONAL, but a FEDERAL act." - James Madison

"Leadership is a choice. It's not a rank, it's a choice. I know many people who are at the top of their organization who have authority. We have to do what they say because they have authority over us. But they're not leaders. We wouldn't follow them. They may be at the top of the company but they're not leaders." - Simon Sinek

"Not only do most people accept violence if it is perpetuated by legitimate authority, they also regard violence against certain kinds of people as inherently legitimate, no matter who commits it." - Edgar Friedenberg

"Young people nowadays love luxury; they have bad manners and contempt for authority. They show disrespect for old people... contradict their parents, talk constantly in front of company, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers." - Socrates

"We can either have a free Parliament or a free people. Personal freedom requires that all authority is restrained by long-run principles which the opinion of the people approves." - Friedrich Hayek

"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

"We can either have a free Parliament or a free people. Personal freedom requires that all authority is restrained by long-run principles which the opinion of the people approves." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"The [classical] liberal, of course, does not deny that there are some superior people - he is not an egalitarian - but he denies that anyone has authority to decide who these superior people are." - Friedrich August von Hayek

"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

"Some people call it the 'Al Jazeera spirit' - courage, re-thinking authority, giving a voice to the voiceless. We have never been favored by the authority. The human being is the center of our editorial policy. We are not a TV station that rushes after stars, big names, press conferences, hand-shake journalism." - Wadah Khanfar

"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

"The fabric of American empire ought to rest on the solid basis of THE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE. The streams of national power ought to flow from that pure, original fountain of all legitimate authority." - Alexander Hamilton

"Most of us aren't crazy psychotics, but most of us are a whole bunch of different people. I think when you are in a position of authority, that doesn't remove that from you." - David Hyde Pierce

"A substantial proportion of people do what they are told to do, irrespective of the content of the act, and without pangs of conscience, so long as they perceive that the command comes from a legitimate authority." - Stanley Milgram

"That all power of suspending laws, or the execution of laws, by any authority, without consent of the representatives of the people, is injurious to their rights, and ought not to be exercised." - George Mason

"All authority belongs to the people... In questions of power let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief with chains of the Constitution." - Thomas Jefferson

"The Bill of Rights is a born rebel. It reeks with sedition. In every clause it shakes its fist in the face of constituted authority... It is the one guarantee of human freedom to the American people." - Frank I. Cobb

"The Book of Revelation has all the authority, in these theological uplands, of military orders in time of war. The people turn to it for light upon all their problems, spiritual and secular." - H L Mencken

"Under our form of government, the source of authority is supposed to be We the people. Not the slaves of a King. Our elected leaders are supposed to be public servants and not private masters." - James Dye

"We are participating in the orderly transfer of administrative authority by the direction of the people. And this is the simple magic which makes a commonplace routine a near miracle to many of the world" - Ronald Reagan

"The automatic reaction of practically any young person is, at once, against authority. That, I think, began in the First World War because of the trenches, and the incompetence of the people on all fronts." - Doris Lessing

"The whole philosophy of modern times is to dissolve distinctions between individuals and deal with them as large collections of people. It's essentially self-interested on the part of authority." - Tom Stoppard

"We need to put people in positions of authority in government, business, law, medicine, media, sports and entertainment who are filled with the laws of God so that we can bring those laws into effect." - Myles Munroe

"I believe in white supremacy until the blacks are educated to the point of responsibility. I don`t believe in giving authority and positions of leadership and judgment to irresponsible people." - John Wayne

"The Irish seem to want their artists to function as surrogate priests - sources of authority, founts of wisdom, people who will offer us free-range organic consolation, you name it. It's not a position I feel comfortable with." - Alex Johnston

"People who resist authority, who defend the rights of the individual, who try in a period of increasing totalitarianism and centralization to reclaim these rights - this is the true left in the United States." - Murray Bookchin

"Some ill-designing people had turned his brain, and carried him to the eastern part of the Mughal Empire, which would be the cause of much trouble and ruin to our authority." - Ghazi ud-Din Khan Feroze Jung III

"There is a congratulatory culture in the Gulf. From birth onwards, there is a culture of giving people trophies as markers of achievement for making it through society. It's cementing allegiance to authority at a very young age." - Ayshay

"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

"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

"I was seen in earlier years by family members and people of authority as somebody wasting his time. I had trouble with the restrictions of conformity. It made me edgy." - Robert Redford

"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

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

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

"Most people are fools, most authority is malignant, God does not exist, and everything is wrong." - Ted Nelson

"People are always casting me for what they call my 'authority." - Linda Hunt

"People, unless they're paying attention, tend to confuse fanciness with intelligence or authority." - David Foster Wallace

"Although you may tell lies, people will believe you, if only you speak with authority." - Anton Chekhov

"Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect." - George Bancroft

"Moral authority comes from following universal and timeless principles like honesty, integrity, treating people with respect." - Stephen Covey

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

"People are always casting me for what they call my 'authority.'" - Linda Hunt

"I don't feel I can speak with authority for many other people." - V S Naipaul

"If someone was to tally the number of human hours wasted in business by people trying to accomplish objectives without being given the authority to do so, we would all be appalled." - Laurie Beth Jones

"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

"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

"What people want, mainly, is to be told by some plausible authority that what they are already doing is right. I don't know know of a quicker way to become unpopular than to disagree." - John Brunner

"People want guidance, not rhetoric. They need to know what the plan of action is, and how it will be implemented. They want to be given responsibility to help solve the problem and authority to act on it." - Howard Schultz

"The great majority of people have a strong need for authority which they can admire, to which they can submit, and which dominates and sometimes even ill-treats them." - Sigmund Freud

"Aside from sending someone to war or to prison, government s ability to make people involuntarily give over their money is its strongest exercise of authority over private citizens and their institutions." - William Greider

"I don't get my authority from this preexisting paradigm which is quite narrow and only serves a few people. I look elsewhere for alternatives that might be of service to humanity." - Russell Brand

"I would think Trump would feel free to bomb Syria any time he wanted. Nobody clearly seems to care very much about if we bomb Syria. Whether or not we have authority, it's just not of interest to most people." - Seymour Hersh



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