Top 55 Legitimacy Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Legitimacy Quotes from famous people such as Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, Emma Bonino, Michael Ignatieff, Tom Hayden, Julius Wellhausen, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Conservatives who decried Trump's rise (and those who s

Conservatives who decried Trump’s rise (and those who scoffed at his chances of winning a single primary were legion) are the same ‘purist’ boxing snobs who could never grasp the popularity – and populist legitimacy – of wrestling.
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery
Drafting a constitution is only the first step. The constitution has to be granted legitimacy by open discussion and a fair, representative referendum.
Emma Bonino
The legitimacy of coercive acts in a democracy arises from the process by which they are justified and by the degree to which we regard decisions as rational. If the justifications proceed properly, through recognized public institutions, and if they make sense to us, they are legitimate.
Michael Ignatieff
Most centrist Democrats… try to distance themselves from controversies that recall the 1960s. There are journalistic centrists as well, who avoid hard truths for the sake of acceptance and legitimacy.
Tom Hayden
For the earliest period of the history of Israel, all that precedes the building of the temple, not a trace can be found of any sanctuary of exclusive legitimacy.
Julius Wellhausen
The days of noblesse oblige are long behind us, so our elite’s entire claim to legitimacy rests on theories of equal opportunity and upward mobility, and the promise that ‘merit’ correlates with talents and deserts.
Ross Douthat
The more material there is, the more need there is for filters. You don’t need a printing press anymore, but you do need people who know how to cultivate sources, double-check information and put the brand of legitimacy on it.
Howard Rheingold
Patriotism is strong nationalistic feeling for a country whose borders and whose legitimacy and whose ethnic composition is taken for granted.
Michael Ignatieff
Now, a big part of Donald Trump’s campaign strategy has been to try and undermine the legitimacy of the election. Then, if he loses, he can just dismiss the whole thing as corrupt and claim victory anyway.
Sam Seder
As much as we Egyptians treasure our military, acting alone it cannot provide the legitimacy to lay the foundations for democracy.
Mohamed ElBaradei
Global actions require local and national participation. International cooperation and action requires community perspectives and legitimacy if it is to be effective.
Ian Goldin
There’s certainly an attitude in some measure of the conservative movement that I believe won’t accept the legitimacy of any Democratic president, and I think Obama did fall victim to that – witness the ‘birthers.’
David Brock
I think that the legitimacy of the court would be undermined in any case if the court made a decision based on its perception of public opinion.
Samuel Alito
Judges wear legal professionalism and precedent as a mantel that secures legitimacy for their decisions. It’s how they distinguish themselves from politicians or administrative agencies, while wielding power that is sometimes much greater than those democratically accountable actors.
Yochai Benkler
There’s a hardening of the culture. Reality TV has lowered the standards of entertainment. You’re left wondering about the legitimacy of relationships. It’s probably harder to entertain the same people with a more classic form of writing, and romantic comedies are a classic genre.
Nancy Meyers
America still has a race problem, though not the one that conventional wisdom would suggest: the racism of whites toward blacks. Old fashioned white racism has lost its legitimacy in the world and become an almost universal disgrace.
Shelby Steele
Here in Florida, we know plenty about the Castro brothers, and we hear stories of their ruthless and violent rule far too often. It is shameful that we would grant them any shred of legitimacy.
Rick Scott
In journalism just one fact that is false prejudices the entire work. In contrast, in fiction one single fact that is true gives legitimacy to the entire work. That’s the only difference, and it lies in the commitment of the writer. A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in it.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I really would have been stupid not to have done it. It was also a film that was actually happening, I mean, Miramax was doing it, and it had a kind of legitimacy to it. And once I read the script, I was there.
Adam Arkin
The foundations of modern civil-rights law are exceptionally secure. Conservative judges nibble around the edges sometimes, and people still debate the constitutionality of affirmative-action programs. But almost no one seriously argues about the basic meaning or legitimacy of core civil-rights protections.
Benjamin Wittes
I couldn’t believe that talk about Jon Jones fighting Lesnar – that would have zero legitimacy. In society, we punish people that do bad things. Why isn’t it the same in fighting?
Mark Hunt
Everything needs to be public. The legitimacy of the courts comes from the fact that they reason openly, on the record, based on facts.
Jed S. Rakoff
The legitimacy of the leadership depends on what that country thinks of its leaders.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
I certainly saw science as a kind of calling, and one with as much legitimacy as a religious calling.
Joshua Lederberg
Today, parliaments are more important because of the need of legitimacy, of the popular legitimacy, of public opinion legitimacy of politics. Parliaments are, at the end of the day, the only true legitimacy.
Enrico Letta
Mothers have always held such symbolic weight in determining a person’s worth. Your mother tongue, your motherland, your mother’s values – these things can qualify or disqualify you from attaining myriad American dreams: love, fluency, citizenship, legitimacy, acceptance, success, freedom.
Jenny Zhang
The Palestinians, whose national cause guards the gates of Arab-Israeli peace, look forward like their Arab brethren to that comprehensive, just, and lasting peace based on ‘land for peace’ and compliance with international legitimacy and resolutions.
Yasser Arafat
The Chinese government is quickly losing its ideological legitimacy, maintain its rule with force, but cannot draw strength from the ideology of Marx and Mao.
Steve Forbes
The UN’s unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries.
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
While the agreement provides a level of constraint on Iran’s nuclear weapons program, it confers legitimacy on their nuclear threshold status, an unprecedented shift for a country with so many entanglements.
Jeff Fortenberry
The simplest and most basic meaning of the symbol of the Goddess is the acknowledgment of the legitimacy of female power as a beneficent and independent power.
Carol P. Christ
When you look at territorial disputes, there are good a

When you look at territorial disputes, there are good arguments on any sides. I think it’s important that we don’t take sides on legitimacy.
Henry Paulson
What makes the United Nations an appropriate source of legitimacy for intervention is that it is the only place where the claims of the strong are put through the test of justification in front of the weak.
Michael Ignatieff
At no point am I ever threatened by people who question who I am, or why I like the things I do, or my legitimacy. Because I know who I am very strongly, and I think that’s what geek culture can reinforce.
Felicia Day
I believe the Palestinians have never indicated a willingness to meet our minimum requirements, which are recognition of Israel’s permanence and legitimacy as a Jewish state and end of claims and end of conflict.
Michael Oren
I want the women’s division to have that legitimacy, I want it to have that intensity and the aggressiveness, and I feel like that’s where I personally can contribute.
Sonya Deville
The issue with international institutions is that there is a crisis of legitimacy. Trust in these institutions is a serious problem.
Mo Ibrahim
In November 2000, the Republicans stole from America our most precious right of all: the right to free and fair elections… Now President Bush occupies the White House, but with questionable legitimacy.
Cynthia McKinney
The Catalan institutions and political parties have to be consistent, because they have the democratic legitimacy of the ballot box and they can’t pass certain responsibilities on to civil society.
Jordi Cuixart
Government has a legitimate sphere of operation. The problem arises when that sphere continually expands, encompassing areas where government lacks legitimacy.
William A. Dembski
The central premise behind Oslo was that if Arafat were given enough legitimacy, territory, weapons and money, he would use his power to fight terror and make peace with Israel.
Natan Sharansky
No matter how you cut it, this real debate on personal accounts is about the legitimacy of Social Security; it’s not about the solvency of Social Security.
Joe Biden
There can be no stronger claim to a physician’s assistance than at the time when death is imminent, a moral judgment implied by the state’s own recognition of the legitimacy of medical procedures necessarily hastening the moment of impending death.
David Souter
The thought of security bears within it an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become more terroristic.
Giorgio Agamben
Trade, tourism, cultural exchange, and participation in international institutions all serve to erode the legitimacy of repressive regimes.
Jacob Weisberg
Spoiling my ballot paper is the only way I can see of stripping the system of legitimacy, shaking it up, and reforming it so that it favours citizens.
Denise Dresser
The fact that a crime might have been committed with impunity in the past may make it seem more familiar and less gruesome, but surely does not give it any greater legitimacy.
Jonathan Kozol
We don’t need legitimacy. We exist. Therefore we are legitimate.
Menachem Begin
The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy.
Todd Gitlin
Government loses its claim to legitimacy when it fails to fulfill its obligations.
Martin L. Gross
The science doesn’t prove Common Core’s effective. So I guess what I mean is science is an essential part of any decision-making process, and so is public involvement. And in the long-term, you lose legitimacy and power if you don’t directly engage with the public.
Zephyr Teachout
I think there’s a preoccupation with the American market to make excuses and justify its past. If it isn’t current, it means somebody has to make an excuse for it. If it’s ‘cult,’ it gives it a sense of illegitimate legitimacy.
Leon Redbone
By the time President Obama took office, Guantanamo was viewed internationally as a symbol of a counterterrorism approach that flouted our laws and strayed from our values, undercutting the perceived legitimacy – and therefore the effectiveness – of our efforts.
John O. Brennan
Every Missourian should be confident in the legitimacy of their vote and take pride in the strength and security of our elections here in Missouri.
Mike Parson
I think it’s unfortunate that there exists only one path in America to complete social legitimacy, and that is marriage. I think, for instance, that it would be far easier for Americans to elect a black president or a female president than an unmarried president.
Elizabeth Gilbert