No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.[Aucun homme n’a une autorité naturelle sur son semblable.]
Let us agree, then, that might does not make right, and that we are bound to obey none but lawful authorities.[Convenons donc que force ne fait pas droit, et qu’on n’est obligé d’obéir qu’aux puissances légitimes.]
Authority is not a quality one person ‘has,’ in the sense that he has property or physical qualities. Authority refers to an interpersonal relation in which one person looks upon another as somebody superior to him.
As soon as we abandon our own reason, and are content to rely upon authority, there is no end to our troubles.