Quote from Edward Gibbon 

"A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possessed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against the enterprise of an aspiring prince."

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Edward Gibbon
(1737-1794) English historian and Member of Parliament
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 53 (Modern Library Ed. 1983)
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