Did Herbert Spencer ever convince you— did he ever convince anybody— did he ever for one mad moment convince himself— that it must be to the interest of the individual to feel a public spirit? Do you believe that, if you rule your department badly, you stand any more chance, or one half of the chance, of being guillotined than an angler stands of being pulled into the river by a strong pike? Herbert Spencer refrained from theft for the same reason he refrained from wearing feathers in his hair, because he was an English gentleman with different tastes.
‘The Napoleon of Notting Hill.’
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