Authority is power given by the state (in the form of Members of Parliament, Judges, Police Officers, etc.) or by academic knowledge of an area (someone can be an authority on a subject).
- The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings.
- George W. Bush, inaugural address (January 20, 2001)
- There is no fettering of authority.
- Shall remain!
Hear you this Triton of the minnows? mark you
His absolute "shall"?
- Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar,
And the creature run from the cur:
There, thou might'st behold the great image of authority;
A dog's obeyed in office.
- Those he commands, move only in command,
Nothing in love: now does he feel his title
Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe
Upon a dwarfish thief.
- Thus can the demi-god Authority
Make us pay down for our offense by weight.
- But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of what he's most assur'd,
His glassy essence, like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven,
As make the angels weep.
- And though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.
- Authority forgets a dying king
Laid widow'd of the power in his eye
That bow'd the will.
- Alfred Tennyson, Morte d'Arthur (1842), line 121.
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 47.
- I appeal unto Cæsar.
- Acts, XXV. 11.
- All authority must be out of a man's self, turned * * * either upon an art, or upon a man.
- Francis Bacon, Natural History, Century X, Touching emission of immateriate virtues, etc.
- Authority intoxicates,
And makes mere sots of magistrates;
The fumes of it invade the brain,
And make men giddy, proud, and vain.
- Samuel Butler, Miscellaneous Thoughts, line 283.