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No oppression is so heavy or lasting as that which is inflicted by the perversion and exorbitance of legal authority.

Author: Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

Profession: British Essayist, Poet, Statesman

To say that authority, whether secular or religious, supplies no ground for morality is not to deny the obvious fact that it supplies a sanction.

Author: Sir Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989)

Profession: British Philosopher

Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the boot-maker.

Author: Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)

Profession: Russian Political Theorist

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy ax without an edge, fitter to bruise than to polish.

Author: Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

Profession: British Puritan Poet

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

Author: Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519)

Profession: Italian Inventor, Architect, Painter, Scientist, Sculptor

Authority is never without hate.

Author: Euripides

Profession: Greek Tragic Poet

Authority is not a quality one person ''has,'' in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.

Author: Erich Fromm (1900-1980)

Profession: American Psychologist

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.

Author: Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970)

Profession: French President during World War II

I grew up to always respect authority and respect those in charge.

Author: Grant Hill

Profession: Basketball Player

Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.

Author: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924)

Profession: Russian Revolutionary Leader

Authority has every reason to fear the skeptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.

Author: Robert Lindner


No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.

Author: Hans Reichenbach


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.

Author: Ernest Renan (1823-1892)

Profession: French Writer, Critic, Scholar

However sugarcoated and ambiguous, every form of authoritarianism must start with a belief in some group's greater right to power, whether that right is justified by sex, race, class, religion or all four. However far it may expand, the progression inevitably rests on unequal power and airtight roles within the family.

Author: Gloria Steinem (1934)

Profession: American Feminist Writer, Editor