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The public! the public! how many fools does it require to make the public?
There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion
Public opinion, though often formed upon a wrong basis, yet generally has a strong underlying sense of justice
Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed
Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult
One should respect public opinion insofar as is necessary to avoid starvation and keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny
He who serves the public is a poor animal; he worries himself to death and no one thanks him for it
The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear
The public weal requires that men should betray, and lie, and massacre
The public is wonderfully tolerant. It forgives everything except genius
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."