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128,973.  Even relatively benign and temporary authoritarianism that rests upon elected power is being challenged.  We are moving rapidly towards a situation where the pressure for the redistribution of political power will have to be faced as a major political issue.  In a world where authoritarianism of the left or right is a very real possibility, the question of whether ordinary people can govern themselves by consent is still on trial — as it always has been, and always will be.  Beyond parliamentary democracy as we know it, we shall have to find a new popular democracy to replace it.  (Authoritarianism & Democracy)  Tony Benn, speech Welsh Council of Labour May 1968 cited The Times 27 May 1968

 

 

85,607.  Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. (Power & Authority & Government)  Lord Acton 1834-1902, English historian

 

 

652.  Even in the most elementary social arrangements religious belief became almost inevitably associated with authority and power.  (Religion & Belief & Authority & Power)  Jonathan Miller, A Brief History of Disbelief

 

 

792.  There are no sacred truths.  All assumptions must be critically examined.  Arguments from authority are worthless.  (Truth & Criticism & Argument & Authority)  Professor Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Who Speaks for Earth? 1979

 

 

49,835.  If we can’t think for ourselves, if we’re unwilling to question authority, then we’re just putty in the hands of those in power.  But if the citizens are educated and form their own opinions, then those in power work for us.  In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights.  With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit.  In the demon-haunted world that we inhabit by virtue of being human, this may be all that stands between us and the enveloping darkness.  (Democracy & Think & Authority)  Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

 

 

816.  They must find it difficult ... Those who have taken authority as the truth, rather than truth as the authority. (Truth & Authority)  Gerald Massey

 

 

824.  Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.  (Truth & Authority)  Albert Einstein

 

 

825.  To punish me for my contempt for authority, Fate made me an authority myself.  (Authority & Contempt)  Albert Einstein

 

 

2,293.  The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual’s own reason and critical analysis.  (Reason & Authority & Individual & Criticism)  Dalai Lama

 

 

2,269.  In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.  (Science & Authority & Reason & Galileo)  Galileo Galilei

 

 

5,548.  I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.  (Freedom & Authority & Dissent & Inquiry)  Noam Chomsky

 

 

108,630.  John Locke wrote that day labourers and tradesmen, the spinsters and dairy maids must be told what to believe; the greatest part cannot know and therefore they must believe.  Noam Chomsky, Propaganda Model Language Manipulation and US Foreign Policy, lecture 1990

 

 

6,824.  The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.  (Learning & Authority & Teaching)  Cicero

 

 

6,842.  A teacher should have maximal authority and minimal power.  (Teach & Authority & Power)  Thomas Szasz

 

 

9,129.  The whole philosophy of modern times is to dissolve distinctions between individuals and deal with them as large collections of people.  It’s essentially self-interested on the part of authority.  (Philosophy & People & Authority)  Tom Stoppard

 

 

23,576.  You have a rather questionable attitude towards authority.  (Spy Films & Authority)  When Eight Bells Toll 1971 starring Anthony Hopkins & Corin Redgrave & Jack Hawkins & Robert Morley & Nathalie Delon & Derek Bond & Ferdy Mayne & Maurice Roeves & Leon Collins & Wendy Allnutt et al, director Etienne Perier, Morley to Hopkins

 

 

49,362.  It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.  (Dissent & Authority & Question & Inquiry)  Benjamin Franklin

 

 

49,683.  When Engels and I first joined the secret Communist Society we made it a condition that everything tending to encourage superstitious belief in authority was to be removed from the statutes.  (Marxism & Communism & Authority)  Karl Marx

 

 

63,346.  In a word, we reject all legislation, all authority, and all privileged, licensed, official, and legal influence, even though arising from universal suffrage, convinced that it can turn only to the advantage of a dominant minority of exploiters against the interests of the immense majority in subjection to them.  (Anarchist & Authority)  Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

 

 

64,297.  Authority is quite degrading.  Oscar Wilde

 

 

64,298.  I have as much authority as the pope.  I just don’t have as many people who believe it.  (Authority & Pope)  George Carlin

 

 

64,299.  When you make your peace with authority, you become authority.  Jim Morrison

 

 

64,300.  When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex, there is an important lesson to be learned.  Do not have sex with the authorities.  (Authority & Sex)  Matt Groening

 

 

64,301.  All authority belongs to the people.  Thomas Jefferson

 

 

64,302.  Whoever in discussion adduces authority uses not intellect but rather memory.  Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

64,310.  Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.  (Authority & Silence)  Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

64,303.  He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.  (Authority & Argument & Reason)  Michel de Montaigne

 

 

64,304.  Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority.  (Authority & Logic)  Dr Who s4

 

 

64,305.  Authority has every reason to fear the sceptic, for authority can rarely survive in the face of doubt.  (Authority & Sceptic & Doubt)  Vita Sackville-West

 

 

64,306.  Authority is by nothing so much strengthened and confirmed as by custom; for no man easily distrusts the things which he and all men have been always bred up to.  (Authority & Custom)  William Temple

 

 

64,307.  It is much safer to be in a subordinate position than in authority.  Thomas a Kempis

 

 

64,308.  Thus can the demigod Authority

Make us pay down for our offence, by weight,

The bonds of heaven.  William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure I ii 112-114, Claudio

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