Wednesday, November 03, 2004

 

Knaves and Fools

"Talk of mobs as we will, the only true mob is that incorrigible mass of knaves and fools in every country, who never think at all.... To procure unanimity, to get men to act in corps, we must appeal for the most part to gross and obvious motives, to authority and passion, to their vices, not their virtues: we must discard plain truth and abstract justice as doubtful and inefficient pleas, retaining only the names and pretext as a convenient salvo for hypocrisy!"

--William Hazlitt



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