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AUTHORITY
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[ Also see Commanders Government Influence Kings Law Obedience Office Police Power Precedent Royalty Service ]

The love of power and the love of liberty are in eternal antagonism.
      - John Stuart Mill

We too often bind ourselves by authorities rather than by the truth.
      - Lucretia Coffin Mott

Authority bears of a credent bulk
  That no particular scandal once can touch;;
    But it confounds the breather.
      - William Shakespeare

Authority, though it err like others, hath yet a kind of medicine in itself, that skins the vice of the top.
      - William Shakespeare

Man, proud man!
  Dress'd 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.
      - William Shakespeare

There is no fettering of authority.
      - William Shakespeare

Though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.
      - William Shakespeare

Well, I must be patient; there is no fettering of authority.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Parolles at II, iii)

Shall remain!
  Hear you this Triton of the minnows? Mark you
    His absolute 'shall'?
      - William Shakespeare, Coriolanus
         (Coriolanus at III, i)

Thou hast seen a farmer's dog bark at a beggar? . . . And the creature run from the cur. There thou mightst behold the great image of authority--a dog's obeyed in office.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV, vi)

A dog's obeyed in office.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at IV,vi)

Those he commands move only in command,
  Nothing in live. Now does he feel his title
    Hang loose about him, like a giant's robe
      Upon a dwarfish thief.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Angus at V, ii)

Thus can the demigod Authority
  Make us pay down for our offense by weight
    The words of heaven; on whom it will, it will,
      On whom it will not, so: yet still 'tis just.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Claudio at I, ii)

Merciful heaven,
  Thou rather with thy sharp and sulphurous bolt
    Splits the unwedgeable and gnarled oak
      Than the soft myrtle; but man, proud man,
        Dressed in a little brief authority,
          Most ignorant of what he's most assured
            His glassy essence--like an angry ape
              Plays such fantastic tricks before high heaven
                As makes the angels weep; who, with our spleens,
                  would all themselves laugh mortal.
      - William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
         (Isabella at II, ii)

He seems to be of great authority. Close with him, give him gold; and though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Clown at IV, iv)

Nothing sooner overthrows a weak head than opinion of authority; like too strong liquor for a frail glass.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

There is nothing sooner overthrown a weak head than opinion of authority, like too strong a liquor for a frail glass.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

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

Authority forgets a dying king,
  Laid widow'd of the power in his eye
    That bow'd the will.
      - Lord Alfred Tennyson, Morte d'Arthur
         (l. 121)

Authority is properly the servant of justice, and political powers are arbitrary and illegitimate if not based upon qualification for that service. This is the doctrine of the ethical derivation of authority or public power, as opposed to that of an unconditioned and inherent sovereignty.
      - David Atwood Wasson

Authority is quite degrading.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

The insolence of authority is endeavoring to substitute money for ideas.
      - Frank Lloyd Wright


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