My reason is not framed to bend or stoop: my knees are.
Montaigne (1533-1592) French philosopher and essayist.
Progress and reaction have both turned out to be swindles. Seemingly, there is nothing left but quietism - robbing reality of its terrors by simply submitting to it.
George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.
It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.
John Ruskin (1819-1900) English art critic.
We are like horses who hurt themselves as soon as they pull on their bits -- and we bow our heads. We even lose consciousness of the situation, we just submit. Any re-awakening of thought is then painful.
Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher
There is a sort of subjection which is the peculiar heritage of largeness and of love; and strength is often only another name for willing bondage to irremediable weakness.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.