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Quote from Charles James Fox,

"No human government has a right to enquire into private opinions, to presume that it knows them, or to act on that presumption. Men are the best judges of the consequences of their own opinions, and how far they are likely to influence their actions; and it is most unnatural and tyrannical to say, “as you think, so must you act. I will collect the evidence of your future conduct from what I know to be your opinions.”"


Charles James Fox (more quotes by Charles James Fox or books by/about Charles James Fox)



Speech, House of Commons, 8 May 1789


Government, Speech


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