Problems with Authority

Sunday, March 6, 2011 – Problems with Authority

Authority is quite degrading. ~ Oscar Wilde

I have as much authority as the Pope. I just don’t have as many people who believe it. ~ George Carlin

When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex, there is an important lesson to be learned. Do not have sex with the authorities. ~ Matt Groening

The man whose authority is recent is always stern. ~ Aeschylus

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

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

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

Undermine their pompous authority, reject their moral standards, make anarchy and disorder your trademarks. Cause as much chaos and disruption as possible but don’t let them take you ALIVE. ~ Sid Vicious

Authority pisses me off. I think everyone should be able to drink and get loud whenever they want. ~ James Hetfield

I’m the guy who wrote The Authority Song. Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was only a song to entertain? ~ John Mellencamp

I didn’t have any concept of age or authority. I remember realizing, Oh, the world has rules and we don’t. ~ Moon Unit Zappa

If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity. ~ Daniel Webster

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson in statecraft. ~ James Russell Lowell

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

The faith that stands on authority is not faith. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Put two or three men in positions of conflicting authority. This will force them to work at loggerheads, allowing you to be the ultimate arbiter. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

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

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

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

Destiny: A tyrant’s authority for crime and a fool’s excuse for failure. ~ Ambrose Bierce

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

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

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

Crime in full glory consolidates authority by the sacred fear it inspires. ~ mile M. Cioran

In revolutions authority remains with the greatest scoundrels. ~ Georges Jacques Danton

A leading authority is anyone who has guessed right more than once. ~ Frank Howard Clark

Homo sapiens is the species that invents symbols in which to invest passion and authority, then forgets that symbols are inventions. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

The burnt odor in Washington is from the disintegrating authority of the governing classes. ~ William Greider

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

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. ~ John Winthrop

Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. ~ Henry Steele Commager

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

The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority. ~ Stanley Milgram

There are two kinds of people who never amount to much: Those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else. ~ Cyrus H. Curtis

I won’t take my religion from any man who never works except with his mouth. ~ Carl Sandburg

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 Winter’s Tale (Clown at IV, iv)

We are at heart so profoundly anarchistic that the only form of state we can imagine living in is Utopian; and so cynical that the only Utopia we can believe in is authoritarian. ~ Lionel Trilling

No authority is higher than reality. ~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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


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