Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke, (1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

Edmund Burke Quote

“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.”

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
~ Edmund Burke

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.

Ratings and Comments

Bob Mulroy, Eugene, Oregon

This is why we see leftists doing "happiness research," and complaining of "too much choice."

E Archer, NYC

"If you see a man approaching you with the obvious intent of doing you good, you should run for your life." (Thoreau)

Ken, Allyn, WA

I'm with the gubment, and ah'm here to hep.

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to Amerika.


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