The power of a free people is often at the disposal of a single and seemingly an unimportant individual; — a terrible and truthful power; for such a people feel with one heart, and therefore can lift up their myriad arms for a single blow. And, again, there is no graduated scale for the measurement of the influences of different intellects upon the popular mind. Peter the Hermit held no office, yet what a work he wrought!
Ch. II : The Fellow-Craft, p. 43 - Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry (1871)