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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.
  • This my dear friend is the one truly great contribution of my Wonder Woman strip to moral education of the young. The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound--enjoy submission to kind authority, wise authority, not merely tolerate such submission. Wars will only cease when humans enjoy being bound.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Authority forgets a dying king
    Laid widow'd of the power in his eye
    That bow'd the will.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

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.

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