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Style is the gossamer on which the seeds of truth float through the world.

The best government rests on the people, and not on the few, on persons and not on property, on the free development of public opinion and not on authority.

The exact measure of the progress of civilization is the degree in which the intelligence of the common mind has prevailed over wealth and brute force.

The fears of one class of men are not the measure of the rights of another.

The prejudices of ignorance are more easily removed than the prejudices of interest; the first are all blindly adopted, the second willfully preferred.

The public is wiser than the wisest critic.

Truth is not exciting enough to those who depend on the characters and lives of their neighbors for all their amusement.

Where the people possess no authority, their rights obtain no respect.

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