Due reverence for Divine powers is an absolute necessity in the search for occult wisdom, and can alone lead any student in safety to success in the arts of High Magic.
Hermetic Arcanum of Penes Nos Unda Tagi (Jean d’Espagnet), trans. W Wynn Westcott.
You’re getting worse. More fanatical every day. Where’s it going to lead?
Philip K Dick, Total Recall [Amazon, Publisher]
the American version of representative government assures that such qualities of intellect and ethics as might equip a man to lead a powerful nation responsibly are precisely the qualities that would prevent him from subjecting himself to the debasing performances of vote begging and delegate swapping. It is a truism of American politics that no man who can win an election deserves to.
Trevanian, Shibumi: A Novel