|| We all do no end of feeling and we mistake
it for thinking. And out of it we get an aggregation which we consider a
boon. Its name is public opinion. It is held in reverence. It settles everything.
Some think it is the voice of God.
- "Corn-pone Opinions" essay, 1900
That awful power, the public opinion of a nation, is created in America by a horde of ignorant, self-complacent simpletons who failed at ditching and shoemaking and fetched up in journalism on their way to the poorhouse.
- "License of the Press" speech
The public is the only critic whose judgment is worth anything
- "A General Reply," The Galaxy, November 1870
Poster with a quote that differs slightly from Mark Twain's original statement.
From the Dave Thomson collection.
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