by Thomas More
Utopia Power Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (Book.Page) based on the 1989 Cambridge University Press edition
"As it is now, I live as I please, and I fancy very few courtiers, however splendid, can say that." (1.13)
Hythloday explains why being under someone else's authority is an automatic downer, not to mention a total power depleter. But wait a second, is that pride we hear in his voice? Uh oh.
[Cardinal Morton] was a man, my dear Peter. [...] as much respected for his wisdom and virtue as for his authority. (1.15)
Cardinal Morton, you're a solid guy. Notice how Hythloday goes out of his way to mention not only Morton's authority, but also his wisdom and virtue. This might be a kind of philosophical trinity for our speaker.