Neil Gaiman – The Sandman, vol. 6 (1993)
People fascinate me, Lycius. It is within my power to give them back a republic. I almost did, twice, when I was scared and weak. And it is within their power to take back all power from me; but they will not.
Humanity. They follow leaders—queens or kings, chiefs or emperors. We tell them what to do, and they do it. We know no more than they, but still, they follow us, blindly, as people lost in the catacombs would follow a child carrying a flaming torch.