"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."
by:
Edmund Burke
(1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker
Source:
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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 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US      
This is why we see leftists doing "happiness research," and complaining of "too much choice."
 -- Bob Mulroy, Eugene, Oregon     
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    "If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life." (Thoreau)
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    I'm with the gubment, and ah'm here to hep.
     -- Ken, Allyn, WA     
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    Welcome to Amerika.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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