An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





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


Joseph Addison (1672-1719, 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.


Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989, 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.


Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876, Russian political theorist)


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


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


Anyone who debates by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence -- he is just using his memory.


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


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


Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519, Italian inventor, architect, painter, scientist, sculptor)


Authority is never without hate.


Euripides (BC 480-406, 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.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.


Charles De Gaulle (1890-1970, French president during World War II)


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


Grant Hill (1972-, American basketball player)


Authority is not power; that's coercion. Authority is not knowledge; that's persuasion, or seduction. Authority is simply that the author has the right to make a statement and to be heard.


Herman Kahn


Authority poisons everybody who takes authority on himself.


Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924, Russian revolutionary leader)


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


Robert Lindner


Authority has always attracted the lowest elements in the human race. All through history mankind has been bullied by scum. Those who lord it over their fellows and toss commands in every direction and would boss the grass in the meadow about which way to bend in the wind are the most depraved kind of prostitutes. They will submit to any indignity, perform any vile act, do anything to achieve power. The worst off-sloughings of the planet are the ingredients of sovereignty. Every government is a parliament of whores. The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us.


P. J. O'Rourke (1947-, American journalist)


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


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.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892, 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.


Gloria Steinem (1934-, American feminist writer, editor)


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