Authority Quotes

For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar. - Bible

Shall remain! Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark you His absolute 'shall'? - William Shakespeare

Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more. - Mark Twain

No moral system can rest solely on authority. - A J Ayer

To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious. - Hannah Arendt

He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it. - Samuel Butler 1

Authority intoxicates, And makes mere sots of magistrates; The fumes of it invade the brain, And make men giddy, proud, and vain. - Samuel Butler 1

Thus can the demigod Authority Make us pay down for our offense by weight The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will, On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just. - William Shakespeare

Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? . . . And the creature run from the cur. There thou mightst behold the great image of authority--a dog's obeyed in office. - William Shakespeare

The reason why the simpler sort are moved by authority is the consciousness of their own ignorance - Richard Hooker

Authority forgets a dying king, Laid widow'd of the power in his eye That bow'd the will. - Lord Alfred Tennyson

Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates. - Arleigh Burke

Authority is never without hate. - Euripides

We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority. - D H Lawrence

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. - Kenneth Blanchard

Merciful heaven, Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak Than the soft myrtle; but man, proud man, Dressed in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most assured His glassy essence--like an angry ape Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens, would all themselves laugh mortal. - William Shakespeare

Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority. - Doctor Who

Example acquires tenfold authority when it speaks from the grave - Wendell Phillips

All authority must be out of a man's self, turned . . . either upon an art, or upon a man. - Francis Bacon

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones. - Euripides

I'm disrespectful towards authority. Like I think the prime minister of Ireland is a gobshite. - Michael O'Leary

He seems to be of great authority. Close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold. - William Shakespeare

The highest duty is to respect authority. - Pope Leo

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

If you're going to kick authority in the teeth, you might as well use two feet. - Keith Richards

Perhaps nothing in our society is more needed for those in positions of authority than accountability. - Larry Burkett

A position of authority is neither necessary nor sufficient for the exercise of leadership. - Eric Werkowitz

Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority. - William Shakespeare

A revolution is an act of violence whereby one class shatters the authority of another. - James MacGregor Burns

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

A teacher should have maximal authority, and minimal power. - Thomas Szasz

All authority belongs to the people. - Thomas Jefferson

Those he commands move only in command, Nothing in live. Now does he feel his title Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe Upon a dwarfish thief. - William Shakespeare

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