The State must follow, and not lead, the character and progress of the citizen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.
The obligation of subjects to the sovereign is understood to last as long, and no longer, than the power lasteth by which he is able to protect them.
Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) British philosopher.
Every new development for the last three centuries has brought men closer to a state of affairs in which absolutely nothing would be recognized in the whole world as possessing a claim to obedience except the authority of the State. The majority of people in Europe obey nothing else.
Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher
The State is to make what is useful. The individual is to make what is beautiful.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.