Quotation by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Considerations by the Way," The Conduct of Life (1860).
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