|To punish me for my contempt of authority, Fate has made me an authority myself.
– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
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|An established government has an infinite advantage by that very circumstance of its being established–the bulk of mankind being governed by authority, not reason, and never attributing authority to anything that has not the recommendation of antiquity.
– David Hume (1711-1776)
|It is an observation no less just than common that there is no stronger test of a man’s real character than power and authority, exciting, as they do, every passion, and discovering every latent vice.
|Leadership means that a group, large or small, is willing to entrust authority to a person who has shown judgment, wisdom, personal appeal, and proven competence.|
|To form a judgment intuitively is the privilege of few; authority and example lead the rest of the world. They see with the eyes of others, they hear with the ears of others. Therefore it is very easy to think as all the world now think; but to think as all the world will think thirty years hence is not in the power of every one.|
|In time of peril, like the needle to the lodestone, obedience, irrespective of rank, generally flies to him who is best fitted to command.|
|Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
– Gautama Buddha (563 BC-483 BC)
|Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.|
|Vulgar prejudices are those which arise out of accident, ignorance, or authority; natural prejudices are those which arise out of the constitution of the human mind itself.|
|The authority of those who teach is often an obstacle to those who want to learn.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC-43 BC)
|Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.
– Lord Acton (1834-1902)
And makes mere sots of magistrates;
The fumes of it invade the brain,
And make men giddy, proud, and vain;
By this the fool commands the wise,
The noble with the base complies,
The sot assumes the rule of wit,
And cowards make the base submit.
– Samuel Butler (1612) (1612-1680)