"What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike."
"A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men."
"Haint't we got all the fools in town on our side? And ain't that a big enough majority in any town?"
"People don't ask for facts in making up their minds. They would rather have one good, soul-satisfying emotion than a dozen facts."
" . . . the human race is divided politically into one wise man, nine knaves, and ninety fools out of every hundred. that is, by an optimistic observer. The nine knaves assemble themselves under the banner of the most knavish among them, and become 'politicians': the wise man stands out because he knows he is hopelessly outnumbered, and devotes himself to poetry, mathematics, or philosophy; while the ninety fools plod off behind the banners of the nine villains, according to fancy, into the labyrinths of chicanery, malice, and warfare."