- At a moment when the breathing space had been agreed upon before the conflict should be renewed; on a wider field than ever, between Spanish- Austrian world- empire and independence of the nations; between the ancient and only Church and the spirit of religious Equality; between popular Right and royal and sacerdotal Despotism; it would have been desirable that the soldier and the statesman should stand side by side, and that the fortunate Confederacy, gifted with two such champions and placed by its own achievements at the very head of the great party of resistance, should be true to herself. - "The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I.", John Lothrop Motley Last Updated: February 7, 2009.
- Primitive Christian organisation was anything but rigid and formal, and was as far as possible from the sacerdotal model. - "The New Theology", R. J. Campbell.
- The reason why the sacerdotal corporations became oppressive, was because they were organized: because they attempted the " unity" and " systematization" so dear to M. Comte, and allowed no science and no speculation, except with their leave and under their direction. - "Auguste Comte and Positivism", John-Stuart Mill.