An Enemy of the People
Hovstad: "When I took over the 'People's Messenger' my idea was to break up this ring of self-opinionated old fossils who had got hold of all the influence."
Dr. Stockmann: "But you know you told me yourself what the result had been; you nearly ruined your paper."
Hovstad. "Yes, at the time we were obliged to climb down a peg or two, it is quite true--" (2.93-2.95)
Aslaksen: "I have the reputation of a temperate and law-abiding citizen." (2.131)
Hovstad: "most of the people here are […] so overcome with caution […] that they never dare to take any decided step." (2.152)