Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

For the "superior morality" of which we hear so much, we too would desire to be thankful: at the same time, it were but blindness to deny that this "superior morality" is properly rather an "inferior criminality" produced not by greater love of Virtue, but by greater perfection of Police; and of that far subtler and stronger Police, called Public Opinion.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Signs of the Times, Edinburgh Review, no. 98 (1829).
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