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...tedious or more earnest than the preconceived opinions and present temper of his hearers required, to whom he was always in perfect unison. He conformed exactly to the temper of the House; and he seemed to guide, because he was always sure to follow it.
I beg pardon, Sir, if, when I speak of this and of other great men, I appear to digress in saying something of their characters. In this eventful history of the revolutions of America, the characters of such men are of much importance.Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.The credit of such men at court or in the nation is the sole cause of all the public measures. It would be an invidious thing (most foreign, I trust, to what you think my disposition) to remark the errors into which the authority of great names has brought the nation, without doing justice at the same time to the great qualities whence that authority arose. The subject is instructive to those who wish to form themselves on whatever of excellence has gone before them. There are many young... Burke, Edmund
Source: EDMUND BURKE, speech on American taxation, House of Commons, April 19, 1774.The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 2, p. 65 . · Excerpt from The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 02 (of 12) · This quote is about greatness · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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