Friday, April 23, 2010
~Benjamin Franklin was often quoted as saying
Those who do not rightly question
authority may surrender to murder,
chaos, or fascism.
...Lest we forget.
so much as silence."
~ Leonardo da Vinci
of a sense of
is the most far-reaching
submission to authority."
...Arguments from authority
"But man, proud man,
Drest in a little brief authority,
Most ignorant of
what he’s most assur’d,
like an angry ape,
Plays such fantastic tricks
before high heaven,
As make the angels weep."
Measure for Measure.
Act II. Sc. 2. L. 117.
"It is dangerous
to be right in matters
on which the
"No moral system can rest solely on authority."
A J Ayer
are chiefly four:
roughness, and facility."
Viscount St Albans
'Of Great Place'.
"Every great advance in natural knowledge
has involved the absolute rejection of authority."
"Authority in science exists to be questioned,
since heresy is the spring from which new ideas flow."
— John C. Polanyi
necessary nor sufficient
for the exercise of leadership."
"The faith that stands
on authority is not faith.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Unthinking respect for authority
is the greatest enemy of truth.”
be believed because it
is made by an authority.”
Robert A. Heinlein
“Anyone who conducts
an argument by
appealing to authority
is not using his intelligence”
Leonardo da Vinci
"I was bold in the
pursuit of knowledge,
never fearing to follow
truth and reason
to whatever results they led,
and bearding every authority
which stood in their way."
"Men in authority will always think that
criticism of their policies is dangerous.
They will always equate their policies
with patriotism, and find criticism subversive."
Henry Steele Commager
|"What you need is sustained outrage...
there's far too much unthinking respect
given to authority."
us more quickly and easily than others,
since they steal into our minds under
the highest authority.
Decimus (Junius Juvenalis)
Roman Satirical Poet
"An argument from authority
is but a weak kind
of proof,--it being but a
topical probation, and
an inartificial argument
- Sir Thomas Browne
"Science is not perfect. It can be misused.
It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we
have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything.
It has two rules. First: there are no sacred truths; all
assumptions must be critically examined; arguments
from authority are worthless. Second: whatever is
inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised.
... The obvious is sometimes false; the unexpected is
— Carl Sagan
by authority is the consciousness
of their own ignorance."
- Richard Hooker
attracted the lowest
elements in the human race.
All through history
mankind has been
bullied by scum.
Those who lord it over
their fellows and toss
commands in every
direction and would
boss the grass in the
meadow about which
way to bend in the wind
are the most depraved kind of prostitutes.
They will submit to any indignity, perform
any vile act, do anything to achieve power.
The worst off-sloughings of the planet are
the ingredients of sovereignty. Every
government is a parliament of whores.
The trouble is, in a democracy the whores are us."
P. J. O'Rourke
long enough and hard enough,
they will make you a member of it."
"The public school system:
Usually a twelve-year
sentence of mind control.
encouraging collectivism and compromise,
destroying the exercise of intellectual inquiry, twisting
it instead into meek subservience to authority."
"The wisest have the most authority."
"Perhaps nothing in our society
is more needed for those in
positions of authority