Throwing Weight Around:
"Resolve to serve no more, and you are at once freed. I do not ask that you place hands upon the tyrant to topple him over, but simply that you support him no longer; then you will behold him, like a great Colossus whose pedestal has been pulled away, fall of his own weight and break into pieces. "
--- Etienne de la Boetie, "The Politics of Obedience" (1553)
"She had not known the weight until she felt the freedom."
~Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter, Chapter XVIII "A Flood of Sunshine"