2 Quotes Regarding Authority

A man should live with his superiors as he does with his fire: not too near, lest he burn; nor too far off, lest he freeze.
Diogenes Laertius

Of that Equilibrium between Authority and Individual Action which constitutes Free Government, be settling on immutable foundations Liberty with Obedience to Law, Equality with Subjection to Authority, and Fraternity with Subordination to the Wisest and the Best: and of that Equilibrium between the Active Energy of the Will of the Present, expressed by the Vote of the People, and the Passive Stability and Permanence of the Will of the Past, expressed in constitutions of government, written or unwritten, and in laws and customs, gray with age and sanctified by time, as precedents and authority.
Albert Pike

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