"The great inlet by which a colour for oppression
has entered into the world is by one man's pretending
to determine concerning the happiness of another."
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
quoted by Lord Acton in Lectures on the French Revolution (London: 1910), in J. Rufus Fears (Ed.), Selected Writings of Lord Acton, Vol. 1: Essays in the History of Liberty (Indianapolis: LibertyClassics, 1985), p. 206.
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