A Quote by unknown on god, gifts, man, riches, patience, humility, authority, justice, virtues, and illness

Saint Peter Damaskin writes about the general and particular gifts of God and says: "The general gifts consist of four elements and all which result from them, as all the wonderful and awesome works of God outlined in Holy Scripture. The particular gifts are those gifts which God bestows upon every man individually whether it be riches for the sake of charity or poverty for the sake of patience with humility; whether it be authority for the sake of justice and the strengthening of virtues or subjugation and slavery for the sake of the expeditious salvation of the soul; be it health for the sake of helping the infirm or illness for the sake of the wreath of patience; be it understanding and skill in gain for the sake of virtue or weakness and lack of skill for the sake of submissive humility. All of this, even though it appears contrary to one another, nevertheless, it is by its purpose very good." In conclusion, St. Peter Damaskin says that we are obligated to give thanks to God for all gifts and with patience and hope to endure all tribulations and evil consequences. For all of that which God gives us or permits to befall us, benefits our salvation.


Source: Proluge of Ohrid

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Paulo Coelho on self-determination, authority, and personal power

I saw that everything really was written there before me, and that the doors had only been closed before because I hadn't realized that I was the one person in the world with the authority to open them.

Paulo Coelho

Source: The Witch of Portobello, Pages: 204

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Butler Shaffer on state and authority

The authority of the state is grounded in consensus-based definitions of reality, whose content the state insists on controlling. This is why so-called "public opinion polls," rather than factual analysis and reason, have become the modern epistemological standard, and why imagery – which the entertainment industry helps to foster – now takes priority over the substance of things.


Butler Shaffer


Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky on enslvement, conscience, happiness, miracle, mystery, and authority

There are three forces, the only three forces capable of conquering and enslaving forever the conscience of these weak rebels in the interests of their own happiness.  They are: the miracle, the mystery and authority.

Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821 - 1881)

Source: The Brothers Karamazov

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A Quote by Rita Mae Brown on life, authority, and government

I believe in a lively disrespect for most forms of authority.

Rita Mae Brown (1944 -)

Contributed by: shellymeyer

A Quote by Sir Francis Bacon on time, truth, and authority

Truth is the daughter of time, not of authority.

Francis Bacon (1561 - 1626)

Contributed by: peter

A Quote by Siddhartha Gautama Buddha on acceptance, agreement, authority, belief, books, elderly, generations, good, observation, reason, religion, rumor, teachers, and traditions

Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

Buddha (563 - 483 BC)

Source: Kalama Sutra : Buddha (Anguttara Nikaya Vol. 1, 188-193 P.T.S. Ed.)

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A Quote by W. H. Auden on voice, lie, and authority

All I have is a voice
To undo the folded lie
The romantic lie in the brain
Of the sensual man-in-the-street
And the lie of authority
Whose buildings grope the sky

W. H. Auden

Contributed by: Rosi

A Quote by Bret on god, authority, law, illusion, psyche, collective consciousness, and soul

Man created god in Man's own image as the surrogate authority for Man's law. This illusion, held in the collective psyche, is both wondrous and terrible: take from it what serves you, what brings you joy and teaches you. And, remember always that your Soul knows the true God that dwells beyond the illusion.

Bret Huggins

Contributed by: Bret

A Quote by Albert Einstein on authority and truth

Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Contributed by: andre

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