| In the matter of slavish imitation, man is
the monkey's superior all the time. The average man is destitute of independence
of opinion. He is not interested in contriving a opinion of his own, by
study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor's
opinion is and slavishly adopt it.
- Mark Twain's Autobiography
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...any strange and much-talked-of event is always followed by imitation, the
world being so well supplied with excitable people who only need a little stirring
up to make them lose what is left of their heads and do mad things which they
would not have thought of ordinarily.
- "The United States of Lyncherdom"
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