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authority Quotes

32 of the best book quotes about authority
  1. #1
    “We often made fun of them and played jokes on them, but in our hearts we trusted them. The idea of authority, which they represented, was associated in our minds with a greater insight and a more humane wisdom. But the first death we saw shattered this belief. We had to recognize that our generation was more to be trusted than theirs. They surpassed us only in phrases and cleverness. The first bombardment showed us our mistake, and under it the world as they had taught it to us broke in pieces.”
  2. #2
    “The map had been the first form of misdirection, for what was a map but a way of emphasizing some things and making other things invisible?”
  3. #3
    ″‘We’d better hurry or we’ll be late for dinner,’ I said, breaking into what Finny called my “West Point stride.” Phineas didn’t really dislike West Point in particular or authority in general, but just considered authority the necessary evil against which happiness was achieved by reaction, the backboard which returned all the insults he threw at it.”
  4. #4
    “It is possible that I appear to you a powerful person. I wear a uniform, I have a certain authority over those under me. But I am in prison, dear lady from Haarlem, a prison stronger than this one.”
  5. #5
    “Without any violation of the principles of the constitution, the general of the Roman armies might receive and exercise an authority almost despotic over the soldiers, the enemies, and the subjects of the republic.”
  6. #6
    “As a council of state, and as a court of justice, the senate possessed very considerable prerogatives; but in its legislative capacity, in which it was supposed virtually to represent the people, the rights of sovereignty were acknowledged to reside in that assembly. Every power was derived from their authority, every law was ratified by their sanction.”
  7. #7
    “This is the nature of war, whose stake is at once the game and the authority and the justification.”
  8. #8
    “Ivan Ilych was...a capable, cheerful, good-natured, and sociable man, though strict in the fulfillment of what he considered to be his duty: and he considered his duty to be what was so considered by those in authority.”
  9. #9
    “Loose him and forbear!”
  10. #10
    “To permit irresponsible authority is to sow disaster.”
  1. #11
    “Children, I confess, are not born in this full state of equality, though they are born to it. Their parents have a sort of rule and jurisdiction over them, when they come into the world, and for some time after; but it is but a temporary one.”
  2. #12
    “Perhaps because there are those who believe that authority is all of a piece and that to challenge it anywhere is to threaten it everywhere.”
  3. #13
    “Morally authoritarian movements are attractive to ugly, miserable, talentless people.”
  4. #14
    “His voice was full of a ringing authority that I had only really heard once—the night he let me into the garden. He was much more attractive when he was using his status for a purpose.”
  5. #15
    God has given us power and authority over the devil.
  6. #16
    “Where there is an authority, a power on earth, from which relief can be had by appeal, there the continuance of the state of war is excluded, and the controversy is decided by that power.”
  7. #17
    “First, we parents have to back up school authority and quit making excuses for our kids when they misbehave.”
  8. #18
    ″‘Don’t you talk to me that way,’ he says. ‘Don’t you question me. You don’t know anything about my life’.”
  9. #19
    “How do people come up with a date and time to take life from another man? Who made them God?”
  10. #20
    “Then to see how like a King I din’d too all alone, attended by my Servants, Poll, as if he had been my Favourite, was the only Person permitted to talk to me. My Dog who was no grown very old and crazy, and had found no Species to multiply his Kind upon, sat always at my Right Hand, and two Cats, one on one Side the Table, and one on the other, expecting now and then a Bit from my Hand, as a Mark of Special Favour. ”

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  1. #21
    “Besides this, I shard’d the Island into Parts with ‘em, reserv’d to myself the Property of the whole, but gave them such Parts respectively as they agreed on; and having settled all things with them, and engaged them not to leave the Place, I left them there.”
  2. #22
    “My Island was now peopled, and I thought my self very rich in Subjects; and it was a merry Reflection which I frequently made, How like a King I look’d. First of all, the whole Country was my own meer Property; so that I had an undoubted Right of Dominion. 2dly, My people were perfectly subjected: I was absolute Lord and Law-giver; they all owed their Lives to me, and were ready to lay down their Lives, if there had been Occasion of it, for me. It was remarkable too, we had but three Subjects, and they were of three different Religions. My Man Friday was a Protestant, his Father was a Pagan and a Cannibal, and the Spaniard was a Papist: However, I allow’d Liberty of Conscience throughout my Dominions: But this is by the Way.”
  3. #23
    “in a little Time I began to speak to him, and teach him to speak to me; and first, I made him know his Name should be Friday, which was the Day I sav’d his Life; I call’d him so for the Memory of the Time; I likewise taught him to say Master, and then let him know, that was to be my Name; ”
  4. #24
    “Age or virtue may give men a just precedency.”
  5. #25
    “I am ashamed to think how easily we capitulate to badges and names, to large societies and dead institutions.”
  6. #26
    His mental attitude was compounded of two very simple principles, admirable in themselves but which, by carrying them to extremes, he made almost evil – respect for authority and hatred of revolt against it.
  7. #27
    “Who will believe thee, Isabel?
    My unsoiled name, th’ austereness of my life,
    My vouch against you, and my place i’ th’ state
    Will so your accusation overweigh
    That you shall stifle in your own report
    And smell of calumny. ”
  8. #28
    “Be you content, fair maid.
    It is the law, not I, condemn your brother.
    Were he my kinsman, brother, or my son,
    It should be thus with him. He must die tomorrow. ”
  9. #29
    “The moment the people is legitimately assembled as a sovereign body, the jurisdiction of the government wholly lapses.”
  10. #30
    “The wise ones serve on the higher, but rule on the lower. They obey the laws coming from above them, but en their own plane, and those below them, they rule and give orders.”
  11. #31
    “All human authority, however organized, must have confined limits, or insolence and oppression will prove the offspring of its grandeur, and the difficulty or rather impossibility of escape prevents resistance.”
  12. #32
    “The regime is an arrangement of a city with respect to its offices, particularly the one that has authority over all matters.”