Authority Quotes

Most popular authority quotes

Authority is never without hate.
A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.

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Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race.
To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.


Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but his memory.


Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish.
No progress in humanity is possible unless it shakes off the yoke of authority and tradition.

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The essence of philosophy is the abandonment of all authority in favor of individual human reason.

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


To be vested with enormous authority is a fine thing; but to have the onlooking world consent to it is a finer.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort which it brings.


Intellectuals incline to be individualists, or even independents, are not team conscious and tend to regard obedience as a surrender of personality.


As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely on authority, there is no end to our trouble. Whose authority? The Old Testament? The Koran? In practice people choose the parts they like, ignoring the others.