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Most of our fellow-subjects are guided either by the prejudice of education or by a deference to the judgment of those who perhaps in their own hearts disapprove the opinions which they industriously spread among the multitude.
      - Joseph Addison

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power of dominion.
      - Joseph Addison

Even reproof from authority ought to be grave, and not taunting.
      - Francis Bacon

Three means to fortify belief are experience, reason, and authority. Of these the more potent is authority; for belief upon reason or experience will stagger.
      - Francis Bacon

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.

A man in authority is but as a candle in the wind, sooner wasted or blown out than under a bushel.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher

For if I be an offender, or have committed any thing worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them. I appeal unto Caesar.
      - Bible, Acts (ch. XXV, v. 11)

An argument from authority is but a weak kind of proof,--it being but a topical probation, and an inartificial argument depending on naked asseveration.
      - Sir Thomas Browne

Authority intoxicates,
  And makes mere sots of magistrates;
    The fumes of it invade the brain,
      And make men giddy, proud, and vain.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Miscellaneous Thoughts
         (l. 283)

He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.
      - Confucius

God, who prepares His work through ages, accomplishes it when the hour is come, with the feeblest instruments.
      - Jean Henri Merle d'Aubigne

Not from gray hairs authority doth flow,
  Nor from bald heads, nor from a wrinkled brow;
    But our past life, when virtuously spent,
      Must to our age those happy fruits present.
      - Sir John Denham

To punish me for my contempt for authority, fate made me an authority myself.
      - Albert Einstein

Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon have given; forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Authority is never without hate.
      - Euripides

New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.
      - Euripides

How long would authority . . . exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen.
      - Emma Goldman

Self-possession is the backbone of authority.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Mankind are apt to be strongly prejudiced in favor of whatever is countenanced by antiquity, enforced by authority, and recommended by custom.
      - Robert Hall

The reason why the simpler sort are moved by authority is the consciousness of their own ignorance.
      - Richard Hooker

All authority belongs to the people.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The accidental prescriptions of authority, when time has procured them veneration, are often confounded with the laws of nature, and those rules are supposed coeval with reason, of which the first rise cannot be discovered.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Every legitimate authority should respect its extent and its limits.
      - Joseph Joubert

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

He who is firmly seated in authority soon learns to think security, and not progress, the highest lesson of statecraft.
      - James Russell Lowell

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