„I am opposed to authority, that egg of misery and oppression; I am opposed to it largely for what it does to those who exercise it.“

—  Patrick O'Brian, livro Post Captain
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Patrick O'Brian
1914 - 2000

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Earl Warren photo

„I am unalterably opposed to any species of vigilantes or to any other extra-legal means of a majority exercising its will over a minority“

—  Earl Warren United States federal judge 1891 - 1974
Context: I am unalterably opposed to any species of vigilantes or to any other extra-legal means of a majority exercising its will over a minority … I believe that if majorities are entitled to have their civil rights protected they should be willing to fight for the same rights to minorities no matter how violently they disagree with their views. Further, I am convinced that this is the only way they can be preserved. I believe that the American concept of civil rights should include not only an observance of our Constitutional Bill of Rights, but also absence of arbitrary action by government in every field. Views on civil rights declared in the summer of 1938, quoted in Justice for All : Earl Warren and the Nation He Made (2006) by Jim Newton, p. 95

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„I am wholly opposed to the state being used by any religious group, Catholic or Protestant, to compel, prohibit, or persecute the free exercise of any other religion.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1960, Speech to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, Context: But let me say, with respect to other countries, that I am wholly opposed to the state being used by any religious group, Catholic or Protestant, to compel, prohibit, or persecute the free exercise of any other religion. And I hope that you and I condemn with equal fervor those nations which deny their Presidency to Protestants and those which deny it to Catholics.

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„I am extremely unwilling that we should take upon ourselves to exercise a jurisdiction which the law does not vest in us.“

—  Charles Abbott, 1st Baron Tenterden British barrister and judge, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench 1762 - 1832
Rex v. Middleton (1819), 1 Chit. Rep. 656.

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Winston S. Churchill photo

„It may be said, therefore, that the military opinion of the world is opposed to those people who cry 'Democratize the army!' and it must be remembered that an army is not a field upon which persons with Utopian ideas may exercise their political theories, but a weapon for the defence of the State.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Early career years (1898–1929), British Cavalry, The Anglo-Saxon Review, March 1901. Reproduced in The Collected Essays of Sir Winston Churchill, Vol I, Churchill at War, Centenary Edition (1976), Library of Imperial History, p. 60.

Byron White photo

„As an exercise of raw judicial power, the Court perhaps has authority to do what it does today; but, in my view, its judgment is an improvident and extravagant exercise of the power of judicial review that the Constitution extends to this Court.“

—  Byron White Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, American football player 1917 - 2002
Dissenting from the decision of the US Supreme Court in Doe v. Bolton, 410 U.S. 179 at 222 (1973); also applied to Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973).

George Washington photo

„So far as I am acquainted with the principles & Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised only for the good of mankind.“

—  George Washington first President of the United States 1732 - 1799
1790s, Context: So far as I am acquainted with the principles & Doctrines of Free Masonry, I conceive it to be founded in benevolence and to be exercised only for the good of mankind. If it has been a Cloak to promote improper or nefarious objects, it is a melancholly proof that in unworthy hands, the best institutions may be made use of to promote the worst designs. Draft of a letter to the Grand Lodge of Free Masons of the State of Maryland (8 November 1798) http://memory.loc.gov/mss/mgw/mgw4/113/0400/0495.jpg

Koenraad Elst photo

„If I am to believe newspaper reports (in reporting on the communal conflict, that is always a big "if"). (…) [The statement] is merely a typical exercise in the mendacious secularspeak of the Nehruvian elite…“

—  Koenraad Elst orientalist, writer 1959
1990s, K. Elst : The Ayodhya Demolition: an Evaluation, in India., & Dasgupta, S. (1995). The Ayodhya reference: The Supreme Court judgement and commentaries.

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„All exercise of authority perverts, and submission to authority humiliates.“

—  Mikhail Bakunin Russian revolutionary, philosopher, and theorist of collectivist anarchism 1814 - 1876
As quoted in Michael Bakunin (1937), E.H. Carr, p. 453

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„Political power is a psychological relation between those who exercise it and those over whom it is exercised.“

—  Hans Morgenthau, livro Politics Among Nations
Politics Among Nations (1948), Context: We must distinguish between military and political power. Political power is a psychological relation between those who exercise it and those over whom it is exercised. It gives the former control over certain actions of the latter through the influence which the former exert over the latter's minds. That influence may be exerted through orders, threats, persuasion, or a combination of any of these. p. 27 (1954 edition).

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„I get my exercise acting as pallbearer to my friends who exercise.“

—  Чонси Депью American politician 1834 - 1928
As quoted in Four Talks for Bibliophiles (1958) by George Allen, p. 70

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„I trust in God that my life may be spared for nine months longer, after which period, in the event of my death, no Regency would take place. I should then have the satisfaction of leaving the Royal authority to the personal exercise of that young lady [Princess, later Queen, Victoria], the heiress presumptive to the Crown, and not in the hands of a person now near me [Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent], who is surrounded by evil advisers and who is herself incompetent to act with propriety in the station in which she would be placed. I have no hesitation in saying that I have been insulted grossly insulted by that person, but I am determined to endure no longer a course of behaviour so disrespectful to me. Amongst other things, I have particularly to complain of the manner in which that young lady has been kept away from my Court; she has been repeatedly kept from my Drawing Rooms, at which she ought always to have been present, but I am fully resolved that this shall not happen again. I would have her know that I am King, and I am determined to make my authority respected, and for the future I shall insist and command that the Princess do upon all occasions appear at my Court, as it is her duty to do.“

—  William IV of the United Kingdom King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and of Hanover 1765 - 1837
As quoted in The Early Court of Queen Victoria http://www.archive.org/stream/earlycourtofquee00jerruoft/earlycourtofquee00jerruoft_djvu.txt (1912) by Clare Jerrold

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