Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.


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.
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.
Butler—Miscellaneous Thoughts. L. 283.

There is no fettering of authority.
All’s Well That Ends Well. Act II. Sc. 3. L. 248.

Shall remain!
Hear you this Triton of the minnows? mark you
His absolute “shall”?
Coriolanus. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 88.

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.
King Lear. Act IV. Sc. 6. L. 159.

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.
Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 2. L. 19.

Thus can the demi-god Authority
Make us pay down for our offense by weight.
Measure for Measure. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 124.

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.
Measure for Measure. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 117.

And though authority be a stubborn bear, yet he is oft led by the nose with gold.
A Winter’s Tale. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 831.

Authority forgets a dying king,
Laid widow’d of the power in his eye
That bow’d the will.
Tennyson—Morte d’Arthur. L. 121.