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Authorities Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Authorities

Please enjoy these Authorities Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

I am certainly not an authority on love because there
are no authorities on love,
just those who've had luck with it and those who haven't.
- Bill Cosby

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In the relations of a weak Government and a rebellious
people there comes a time when every act of the authorities exasperates the masses,
and every refusal to act excites their contempt.
- John Reed

Beslan, where the Russian authorities stopped live
coverage of the school being stormed,
was an illustration of the progress we still have to make.
- Kate Adie

When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex,
there is an important lesson to be learned.
Do not have sex with the authorities.
- Matt Groening

 

Madam: If you discover any more comets,
can you not wait until they are announced by the proper authorities?
- George Phillips Bond

The central role in the fight against terrorism is
with national authorities.
- Gijs de Vries

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

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I have never refused to talk to any authorities or
give them any information I had.
- Sam Sheppard

We passed important laws to give the authorities responsible
for investigation wide powers to defend us.
- George Pataki

It is dangerous to be right in matters
on which the established authorities are wrong.
- Voltaire

In 1968 the Arts Council managed to get a grant from
the treasury to buy up a lot of derelict touring theatres
and put them back in the hands of the local authorities.
- Timothy West

When the authorities warn you of the dangers of having sex,
there is an important lesson to be learned.
Do not have sex with the authorities.
- Matt Groening

The power of the word in Morocco belonged to men and to the authorities.
No one asked the point of view of poor people or women.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

If only the authorities could be made to realize that
the forces leading them on in the armament race are just insane.
- Alva Myrdal

In the fight against terrorism, national agencies keep
full control over their police forces,
security and intelligence agencies and judicial authorities.
- Gijs de Vries

There is nobody I know by name who is concerned with
collecting information for the Russian authorities.
There are people whom I know by sight whom I trusted with my life.
- Klaus Fuchs

Writing, I'm convinced, should be a subversive activity -
frowned on by the authorities -
and not one cooed over and praised beyond common sense by some teacher.
- Dan Simmons

Federal authorities do not have the manpower or the
resources to protect America's international borders.
- John Culberson

We operate under the law.
Covert action authorities are communicated in a memorandum of notification.
- Cofer Black

We show deference to the civil authorities when they
respect the divine origin of their power and when they
serve the people with objective reference to the law of God.
- Angelo Scola

We sincerely ask the Beijing authorities across the
Strait to view the election result from a positive perspective,
to accept the democratic decision of the Taiwanese people.
- Chen Shui-bian

No state on earth can afford to allow several authorities
to co-exist next to one another.
- Mahmoud Abbas

Forty years ago the chances of journalists reporting -
or the authorities even prosecuting -
a pro athlete were practically nil.
- Leigh Steinberg

I have been told by hospital authorities that more
copies of my works are left behind by departing patients
than those of any other author.
- Robert Benchley

Our memories are card indexes consulted and then returned
in disorder by authorities whom we do not control.
- Cyril Connolly

These code authorities could regulate production,
quantities, qualities, prices, distribution methods,
etc., under the supervision of the NRA.
This was fascism.
- John T. Flynn

Only one thing is certain: if pot is legalized,
it won't be for our benefit but for the authorities.
To have it legalized will also be to lose control of it.
- Germaine Greer

So far we have not convinced the Chinese authorities.
My own brother was refused a visa on what was probably
my last chance of seeing him when he was going around the world on a tour.
Scott Nearing was similarly refused.
- Anna Louise Strong

If Baltimore's view, that scientists who do not take
the words of authorities are far removed from the ordinary behavior of scientists,
prevails in the scientific community,
then something fundamental, very serious,
and very disturbing is happening to the scientific community.
- Serge Lang

We want to look at how we would respond because,
as hard as we work to prevent terrorist attacks here North America,
if we have a catastrophic terrorist attack,
it is the military that is going to have to go in at
the request of civilian authorities.
- Paul Cellucci

Foreign nationals entering the United States illegally
who are taken into custody by the Border Protection
Corps or by State or local law enforcement authorities
must be promptly delivered to a federal law enforcement authority.
- John Culberson

What until then seemed impossible to achieve has become a fact of life.
We have won the right to association in trade unions
independent from the authorities,
founded and shaped by the working people themselves.
- Lech Walesa

Everywhere that the struggle for national freedom has triumphed,
once the authorities agreed, there were military coups
d'etat that overthrew their leaders.
That is the result time and time again.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

This is not the first time that Mexican authorities
have handed over an Arab from a country with known
Al Qaeda connections to a local sheriff across the border.
FBI picks them up and disappears.
- John Culberson

Furthermore, they were constantly informed by all the
camp authorities that they had been abandoned by the world:
they were beggars and lucky to receive the daily soup of starvation.
- Martha Gellhorn

We have, therefore, directed the Irish Army authorities
to have field hospitals established in County Donegal
adjacent to Derry and at other points along the Border
where they may be necessary.
- Jack Lynch

In the beginning I had a real work problem.
Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration
authorities I was the only man for that job and get
a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.
- Rod Taylor

You know, many people have called me,
friends from the nationalist camp, revisionists and so on,
from around the world, have called me over the years -
and now again because of what happened -
and they are all very cynical about the police and the authorities.
- Ernst Zundel

Our authorities leave us no doubt that the trust lodged
with the oligarchy was sometimes abused,
but it certainly ought not to be regarded as a mere
usurpation or engine of tyranny.
- Henry James Sumner Maine

Well, I think In Love and War, which had a wonderful performance by Sandy,
Sandra Bullock, who the authorities and,
the supposed authorities, in cinema didn't want to know about.
- Richard Attenborough

I didn't have a lot of overtly political songs.
I think it was more the actions of the group that were
threatening to the authorities,
and also our political philosophies apart from the music.
- Greg Ginn

Surely it is time to examine into the meaning of words
and the nature of things,
and to arrive at simple facts, not received upon the
dictum of learned authorities,
but upon attentive personal observation of what is passing around us.
- Francis Wright

Maintaining order in the classrooms has never been
easy and it is evident that the school setting requires
some easing of the restrictions to which searches by
public authorities are ordinarily subject.
- Byron White

In the last camp they all ate grass,
until the authorities forbade them to pull it up.
They were accustomed to having the fruits of their
little communal gardens stolen by the guards,
after they had done all the work; but at the last camp everything was stolen.
- Martha Gellhorn

The point is not to stay marginal, but to participate
in whatever network of marginal zones is spawned from
other disciplinary centers and which,
together, constitute a multiple displacement of those authorities.
- Judith Butler

We must continue our fight to ensure that Federal,
State, and local authorities have the resources and
support necessary to combat this growing epidemic.
This is a top priority for me and many of my colleagues here in Congress.
- Ron Lewis

A great many things have been pronounced untrue and absurd,
and even impossible, by the highest authorities in
the age in which they lived,
which have afterwards, and, indeed, within a very short period,
been found to be both possible and true.
- Catherine Crowe

Each department and institution has its own authorities and responsibilities,
and they act on that basis.
It is wrong to even compare such actions to what is
done in Guantanamo or elsewhere by the Americans.
They do not stand on a high moral platform to preach to others.
- Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

In a couple of years, the Chinese will be seen as regular
participants in international industry.
Their companies have to report to shareholders as well
as to the Chinese authorities.
They need to make money, they have to be efficient.
- Daniel Yergin

When once a certain class of people has been placed
by the temporal and spiritual authorities outside the
ranks of those whose life has value,
then nothing comes more naturally to men than murder.
- Simone Weil

Since that time I have had continuous contact with
the persons who were completely unknown to me,
except that I knew they would hand whatever information
I gave them to the Russian authorities.
- Klaus Fuchs

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Think for yourself and question authority.
- Timothy Leary

No statement should be believed because it is made by an authority.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Football is like life - it requires perseverance,
self-denial, hard work, sacrifice,
dedication and respect for authority.
- Vince Lombardi

The ultimate authority must always rest
with the individual's own reason and critical analysis.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

NO ONE has been granted the authority to tell me
how my life should be lived.
I answer only to myself and to Spirit.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Anyone who conducts an argument by appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence; he is just using his memory.
- Leonardo da Vinci

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.
- Leonardo da Vinci

People are so afraid of authority figures and doctors are authority figures.
- Martha Beck

I do not believe in immortality of the individual,
and I consider ethics to be an exclusively human concern
with no superhuman authority behind it.
- Albert Einstein

For those men who, sooner or later, are lucky enough
to break away from the pack, the most intoxicating moment
comes when they cease being bodies in other men's command
and find that they control their own time,
when they learn their own voice and authority.
- Theodore H. White

Obedience to lawful authority is the foundation of manly character.
- Robert E. Lee

In order to be a lieutenant, you've got to have authority in your voice.
No matter how young your face looks,
you've got to let your guys know that you're in charge.
- Esai Morales

Do I think it's OK to fight authority as long as you're
only talking about the high school teacher? No.
- John Mellencamp

Because power corrupts, society's demands for moral
authority and character increase as the importance
of the position increases.
- John Adams

Nearly everywhere monarchs raised themselves further
above the level of the greatest nobles and buttressed
their new pretensions to respect and authority with cannons and taxation.
- J. M. Roberts

Authority doesn't work without prestige,
or prestige without distance.
- Charles de Gaulle

I'm the guy who wrote The Authority Song.
Did they think I was kidding? Did they think it was
only a song to entertain?
- John Mellencamp

God is the King.
In him exists all legal authority.
- Orson Pratt


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