„There is no danger to the man that knows
What life and death is; there's not any law
Exceeds his knowledge; neither is it lawful
That he should stoop to any other law.
He goes before them, and commands them all,
That to himself is a law rational.“

—  George Chapman, The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron, The Conspiracy and Tragedy of Charles, Duke of Byron (1608), Act III, scene i.
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