"Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs."
"In fact, after having abolished the monarchy, the best of all governments, it had transferred all the public power to the people — the people which, guided neither by reason nor by counsels, forms just ideas on no point whatsoever; assesses few things in accordance with the truth and evaluates a great many according to mere opinion, which is ever fickle, and ever easy to deceive and to lead into every excess, ungrateful, arrogant, and cruel…"
Pope Pius VI, Pourquoi Notre Voix, 17 July 1793. (from Durendal)
While as a Lutheran it is not my usual habit to quote from the Bishops of Rome - the old popes can always be counted on for some reactionary goodness.
What is your favourite quotation?
Ehhhh I dunno. I have a few good ‘uns on my FB page which tend to come in handy depending on what sort of conversation I might be having. Not sure about a favourite…
Perhaps, for today:
“Socialism is a pest.”
-Pope Pius IX
Simple and true.