Authority quotes and quotations
What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
Power takes as ingratitude the writhing of its victims.
You can have power over people as long as you don't take everything away from them. But when you've robbed a man of everything, he's no longer in your power.
Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
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
But the fact that some geniuses were laughed at does not imply that all who are laughed at are geniuses. They laughed at Columbus, they laughed at Fulton, they laughed at the Wright brothers. But they also laughed at Bozo the Clown.
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
He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
James Russell Lowell
The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.
To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
Georg C. Lichtenberg
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.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
HH the Dalai Lama
In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.
Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
Leonardo da Vinci
The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority.
Always acknowledge a fault. This will throw those in authority off their guard and give you an opportunity to commit more.
You do not lead by hitting people over the head - that's assault, not leadership.
Dwight D. Eisenhower