„The first Rudiments of Morality, broach'd by skilful Politicians, to render Men useful to each other as well as tractable, were chiefly contrived that the Ambitious might reap the more Benefit from, and govern vast Numbers of them with the greater Ease and Security.“

—  Bernard Mandeville, "An Enquiry into the Origin of Moral Virtue", p. 33
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—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
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—  Tony Benn British Labour Party politician 1925 - 2014
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