Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

Wonderful "Force of Public Opinion!" We must act and walk in all points as it prescribes; follow the traffic it bids us, realise the sum of money, the degree of "influence" it expects of us, or we shall be lightly esteemed; certain mouthfuls of articulate wind will be blown at us, and this what mortal courage can front?
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. first published in Edinburgh Review, no. 98. Signs of the Times (1829).
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