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Lord Edward Bulwer-Lytton
1803 - 1873

British writer, Secretary of State for the Colonies (1843), novelist, playwright and statesman, author of The Last Days of Pompeii

The easiest person to deceive is one's own self.

from The Disowned
Common sense is only a modification of talent. Genius is an exaltation of it. The difference is, therefore, in degree, not nature.

When people have no other tyrant, their own public opinion becomes one.