“If others play the fool, it is no reason why you should. The State will take care of itself. Mind your own business as you have heretofore done, and every thing will be better for yourself and for the State. There are men whose vocation it is, from taste, habit, and education, to be statesmen, and who have the necessary qualifications for such pursuits. Make room for them. Your trade is to be a beer-manufacturer, and a beer-seller. You have plenty of money in bank, and therefore you can want no office, and need not care for the protection of any body. Why should you be a public servant, when you can be free, independent, and your own master? Rule your family, govern your workmen, legislate for your shops, and sell off that printing establishment of yours, which has given you more trouble than all your other business put together, and which is a losing concern after all.”
—Gertrude to her husband, Beckendorf, in The School for Politics: A Dramatic Novel
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