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Fanaticism displays itself in the masses; but the masses were rarely fanaticised; and the crimes ascribed to it were commonly due to the calculations of dispassionate politicians.
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The long term versus the short term argument is one used by losers.

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The science of politics is the one science that is deposited by the streams of history, like the grains of gold in the sand of a river; and the knowledge of the past, the record of truths revealed by experience, is eminently practical, as an instrument of action and a power that goes to making the future.

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There are two things which cannot be attacked in front: ignorance and narrow-mindedness. They can only be shaken by the simple development of the contrary qualities. They will not bear discussion.

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The man who prefers his country before any other duty shows the same spirit as the man who surrenders every right to the state. They both deny that right is superior to authority.

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It is easier to find people fit to govern themselves than people fit to govern others.

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There is no worse heresy than that the office sanctifies the holder of it.

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There should be a law to the People besides its own will.

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Progress, the religion of those who have none.

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Great men are almost always bad men, even when they exercise influence and not authority.

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Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing

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False principles, which correspond with the bad as well as with the just aspirations of mankind, are a normal and necessary element in the social life of nations.

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