It is to a second-hander that the moral appraisal of himself by others is a primary concern which supersedes truth, facts, reason, logic. The disapproval of others is so shatteringly terrifying to him that nothing can withstand its impact within his consciousness; thus he would deny the evidence of his own eyes and invalidate his own consciousness for the sake of any stray charlatan’s moral sanction.
Ayn Rand, “The Argument from Intimidation,”
The Virtue of Selfishness, 141
“What madness it is to be afraid of disrepute in the judgment of the disreputable!”
Seneca, "On the Lesson to be Drawn from the Burning of Lyons", Moral Letters to Lucilius (Letter 91)