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Utopia Power Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Book.Page) based on the 1989 Cambridge University Press edition

Quote #1

"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.

Quote #2

[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.

Quote #3

Perhaps it will be argued that God's law against killing does not apply where human laws allow it. (1.22)

The plot thickens as Hythloday continues his attack on the European legal system. Now we're not only thinking in terms of human power, but in terms of divine power, too.

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