A quote to ponder

The following quote is Thomas Babington Macaulay in 1830. Macaulay was British parliamentarian, Whig politician and historian. His writings were condemned by both Karl Marx and Adolf Hitler.

β€œIt is not by the intermeddling of an omniscient and omnipotent State, but by the prudence and energy of the people, that England has hitherto been carried forward in civilization; and it is to the same prudence and the same energy that we now look with comfort and good hope. Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest.”

That is music to my ears.

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7 Responses to A quote to ponder

  1. notamobster says:

    Yes sir. What a great quote to wake up to

  2. roger says:

    there is picture I saw of merry old england with a young girl being hanged for stealing a slice of bread. the hangman had to hold her legs to break her neck she weighed so little. do you know read them the riot act act before opening fire comes from england. watch the movies amazing grace or gandhi.

    • R.D. Walker says:

      I quote an Englishman and you dispute it by condemning all things English.

      You might be retarded. You should have that checked.

    • C. L. says:

      When you’re dead, you don’t know you’re dead. It’s only difficult for others. It’s the same way when you’re stupid.

  3. Uke says:

    Darn good quote.