Quotes by authority

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  • Jean Baudrillard
    Jean Baudrillard
    French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist 1929-2007
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    Contact with men who wield power and authority still leaves an intangible sense of repulsion. It's very like being in close proximity to fecal matter, the fecal embodiment of something unmentionable, and you wonder what it is made of and when it acquired its historically sacred character.
  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    English American poet 1612-1672
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    Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    Leonardo Da Vinci
    Italian painter, inventor and musician 1452-1519
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    Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
  • Antony Jay
    Antony Jay
    English writer, broadcaster, and director 1930-2016
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    'Referring the matter to a committee' can be a device for diluting authority, diffusing responsibility and delaying decisions.
  • William Shakespeare
    William Shakespeare
    English playwright and poet 1564-1616
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    Art made tongue-tied by authority.
  • Thomas Henry Huxley
    Thomas Henry Huxley
    English biologist 1825-1895
    Thomas Henry Huxley
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    Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
    Henry David Thoreau
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    He who is only a traveler learns things at second-hand and by the halves, and is poor authority. We are most interested when science reports what those men already know practically or instinctively, for that alone is a true humanity, or account of human experience.
  • Thomas Hobbes
    Thomas Hobbes
    British philosopher 1588-1679
    Thomas Hobbes
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    It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
    Henry David Thoreau
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    It seems to me that the god that is commonly worshipped in civilized countries is not at all divine, though he bears a divine name, but is the overwhelming authority and respectability of mankind combined. Men reverence one another, not yet God.
  • Joseph Addison
    Joseph Addison
    English politician, writer and poet 1672-1719
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    No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.
  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
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    We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler's cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan
    American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist and author 1934-1996
    Carl Sagan
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    A central lesson of science is that to understand complex issues (or even simple ones), we must try to free our minds of dogma and to guarantee the freedom to publish, to contradict, and to experiment. Arguments from authority are unacceptable.
    Source: Billions and Billions: Thoughts of Life and Death at the Brink of the Millenium (1997) Ch. 14, The Common Enemy.
  • Brendan Behan
    Brendan Behan
    Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright 1923-1964
    Brendan Behan
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    A quotation in a speech, article or book is like a rifle in the hands of an infantryman. It speaks with authority.
  • W. H. Auden
    W. H. Auden
    American poet 1907-1973
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    America has always been a country of amateurs where the professional, that is to say, the man who claims authority as a member of an élite which knows the law in some field or other, is an object of distrust and resentment.
  • Arleigh Burke
    Arleigh Burke
    American admiral of the US Navy 1901-1996
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    Any commander who fails to exceed his authority is not of much use to his subordinates.
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