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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1595
AUTHOR: Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–95)
QUOTATION: You and your descendants have to ascertain whether this great mass will hold together under the forms of a republic, and the despotic reality of universal suffrage; whether state rights will hold out against centralisation, without separation, whether centralisation will get the better, without actual or disguised monarchy; whether shifting corruption is better than a permanent bureaucracy; and as population thickens in your great cities, and the pressure of what is felt, the gaunt spectre of pauperism will stalk among you, and communism and socialism will claim to be heard.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, Science and Education, p. 138 (1904).
SUBJECTS: Republic