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My masters are strange folk with very little care for music in them. (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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)

The People adore authority. (Charles Baudelaire)

The priest is an immense being because he makes the crowd believe astonishing things. (Charles Baudelaire)

- b.AD 480 d.ca.AD 525...
Who would give a law to lovers? Love is unto itself a higher law. (Boethius)

There is far too much law for those who can afford it and far too little for those who cannot. (Derek C. Bok)

Authority without wisdom is like a heavy axe without an edge, fitter to bruise than polish. (Anne Bradstreet)

The verdict is still out on my life, the judge having not yet instructed the jury, both of whom are me. (Robert Brault)

The censor believes that he can hold back the mighty traffic of life with a tin whistle and a raised right hand. For, after all, it is life with which he quarrels. (Heywood Broun)

We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly. (Jean de La Bruyere)

If you attack the establishment long enough and hard enough, they will make you a member of it. (Art Buchwald)

- Life, Dec. 1979...
Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair. (George Burns)

Smash the control images. Smash the control machine. (William S. Burroughs)

- Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking...
I worry that there are people who are put in positions of authority because they're good talkers, but they don't have good ideas. (Susan Cain)

I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it. (George Carlin)

Men seldom, or rather never for a length of time and deliberately, rebel against anything that does not deserve rebelling against. (Thomas Carlyle)

You had better have one King than five hundred. (Charles II)

The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn. (Cicero)

You who are in power have only the means that money produces - we who are in expectation, have those which devotion prompts. (Alexandre Dumas)

It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country. (Will Durant)

If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous. (Will Durant)

To be a king and wear a crown is a thing more glorious to them that see it than it is pleasant to them that bear it. (Queen Elizabeth I)

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones. (Euripides)

He played the king as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to play the ace. (Eugene Field)

'Who is the Potter, pray, and who the Pot?' (Edward Fitzgerald)

It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority. (Benjamin Franklin)

The feelings of another person should never be imposed upon us as a law. (Caspar David Friedrich)

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)

Moral authority is never retained by any attempt to hold on to it. It comes without seeking and is retained without effort. (Mahatma Gandhi)

A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. (Barry Goldwater)

The founder of every creed from Jesus Christ to Karl Marx, would be appalled to return to earth and see what has been made of that creed, not by its enemies, but by its most devoted adherents. (Sydney J. Harris)

- Demian...
Those who are too lazy and comfortable to think for themselves and be their own judges obey the laws. Others sense their own laws within them. (Hermann Hesse)

It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission. (Grace Hopper)

Every great advance in natural knowledge has involved the absolute rejection of authority. (Thomas H. Huxley)

I will have this done, so I order it done; let my will replace reasoned judgement. (Juvenal)

The public school system: Usually a twelve-year sentence of mind control. Crushing creativity, smashing individualism, encouraging collectivism and compromise, destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting it instead into meek subservience to authority. (Walter Karp)

How did I come into the world? Why was I not consulted? And If I am compelled to take part in it, where is the director? I want to see him. (Soren Kierkegaard)

Any acceptance of authority is the very denial of truth. (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

The ultimate authority must always rest with the individual's own reason and critical analysis. (Dalai Lama)

Many laws as certainly make bad men, as bad men make many laws. (Walter Savage Landor)

Think for yourself and question authority. (Timothy Leary)

Most men, after a little freedom, have preferred authority with the consoling assurances and the economy of effort it brings. (Walter Lippmann)

I am the co-creator. I am my own authority. (Gretchen Little)

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress... (James Russell Lowell)

The first method for estimating the intelligence of a ruler is to look at the men he has around him. (Niccolo Machiavelli)

The business of the law is to make sense of the confusion of what we call human life - to reduce it to order but at the same time to give it possibility, scope, even dignity. (Archibald MacLeish)

Some people have so much respect for their superiors they have none left for themselves. (Peter McArthur)

-to his disciple...
If you make me your authority, you harm yourself because you will not see things for yourself, and you harm me too because you refuse to see me as I am. (Anthony de Mello)

- b.372 BC d.289 BC...
It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families. (Mencius)

The penalty for laughing in a courtroom is six months in jail; if it were not for this penalty, the jury would never hear the evidence. (H. L. Mencken)

For ten years Caesar ruled with an iron hand. Then with a wooden foot, and finally with a piece of string. (Spike Milligan)

- Faces...
No one can really tell you how to do art, that's the real beauty. (Holly Monacelli)

When you make your peace with authority, you become authority. (Jim Morrison)

Divine love is the sublime boss of the universe. (John Muir)

The actions of those in power can have enormous consequences - a price that they themselves almost never have to pay. (Barack Obama)

-in 1648...
Do you not know, my son, with how little wisdom the world is governed? (Axel Oxenstierna)

Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one. (Thomas Paine)

Respect authority while questioning it. (Randy Pausch)

There ought to be an absolute dictatorship... a dictatorship of painters... a dictatorship of one painter... to suppress all those who have betrayed us... (Pablo Picasso)

Convention is the ruler of all. (Pindar)

The wisest have the most authority. (Plato)

A government is the most dangerous threat to man's rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims. (Ayn Rand)

Experience is the highest authority. (Carl Rogers)

It does not prove a thing to be right because the majority say it is so. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

My relationship to power and authority is that I'm all for it. People need somebody to watch over them. Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

Art almost always has its ingredient of impudence, its flouting of established authority, so that it may substitute its own authority, and its own enlightenment. (Ben Shahn)

All censorship exists to prevent any one from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship. (George Bernard Shaw)

My parents were every artist before me whose work I knew. (David Smith)

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. (Sir William Temple)

To me art is a form of manifest revolt, total and complete... with Dada I also have in common a certain mistrust towards power. We don't like authority, we don't like power. (Jean Tinguely)

Through the influence of real art, aided by science, guided by religion... peaceful co-operation of man is now obtained by external means – by law courts, police, charitable institutions, factory inspections... It should be obtained by man's free and joyous activity. (Leo Tolstoy)

All the president is, is a glorified public relations man who spends his time flattering, kissing, and kicking people to get them to do what they are supposed to do anyway. (Harry S. Truman)

Honor is a harder master than the law. (Mark Twain)

Wise men argues causes, and fools decide them. (Frank Tyger)

Question authority. Says who? (Author unknown)

Every marriage tends to consist of an aristocrat and a peasant. Of a teacher and a learner. (John Updike)

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory. (Leonardo da Vinci)

It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong. (Voltaire)

I think people have to recognise that the traditional modes of authority weren't that great. (Jimmy Wales)

Nobody is as powerful as we make them out to be. (Alice Walker)

The people's government, made for the people, made by the people, and answerable to the people. (Daniel Webster)

I'm sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control. (Margaret J. Wheatley)

There is only one law which one must obey, and that is the law of Love. (David Wayne Wilson)

It is very comforting to believe that leaders who do terrible things are, in fact, mad. That way, all we have to do is make sure we don't put psychotics in high places and we've got the problem solved. (Tom Wolfe)

Nature's government spontaneously brings satisfaction to everyone because it promotes all innumerable, diverse tendencies of life in the evolutionary direction. (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)


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