“The common consent of fools” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“The great guide of the world is fashion, and its god is respectability—two phantoms, at which brave men laugh. How many of you look around on society to know what to do. You watch the general current, and then float upon it. You study the popular breeze and shift your sails to suit it. True men do not so. You ask–Is it fashionable? If it be fashionable, it must be done. Fashion is the law of multitudes, but it is nothing more than the common consent of fools.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “Decision: Illustrated by the case of Joshua,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 21 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1876), 220.

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