Through adhering to wise disciples, it is possible to receive some support. In other words, only a wise disciple can help him, and nothing else. …Hence, one must surrender before a wise disciple and accept what the wise disciple places on him without any arguments, but by way of above reason.
– Baal HaSulam, Shamati (I Heard), #105, “A Wise Disciple Bastard Precedes a High Priest Commoner”
This is the nature of the world: inferior bows to superior. That’s why the silly who adopt the thoughts of the sages acquire their way of thinking. Unwillingly, they unite with the sages according with the nature of creation, and thus the world becomes corrected.
– Baal HaSulam, Fruit of the Wise – Talks, “Permanent Delight and Supreme Enslavement”