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Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke

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This etext was prepared by Sue Asscher asschers@dingoblue.net.au
from the book made available by Dr Mike Alder. 

SELECTIONS FROM THE SPEECHES AND WRITINGS OF EDMUND BURKE. 

INTRODUCTORY ESSAY. 

... 

"Id dico, eum qui sit orator, virum bonum esse oportere.  In omnibus quae
dicit tanta auctoritas inest, ut dissentire pudeat; nec advocati
studium, sed testis aut judicis afferat fidem."--Quintilianus. 

"Democracy is the most monstrous of all governments, because it is
impossible at once to act and control; and, consequently, the Sovereign
Power is then left without any restraint whatever.  That form of
government is the best which places the efficient direction in the hands
of the aristocracy, subjecting them in its exercise to the control of

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