To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
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Source Notes: Source: EDMUND BURKE, speech on American taxation, House of Commons, April 19, 1774.The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, ed. Paul Langford, vol. 2, p. 454 .Burke was referring to the chancellor of the exchequer, Charles Townshend.
The Right Honourable Edmund Burke (January 12, 1729 July 9, 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator and political philosopher, who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party. He is chiefly remembered for his support of the American colonies in the struggle against King George III that led to the American Revolution, as well as for his strong opposition to the French Revolution. The latter made Burke one of the leading figures within the conservative faction of the Whig party (which he dubbed the "Old Whigs"), in opposition to the pro-revolutionary "New Whigs," led by Charles James Fox. Burke also published philosophical work on aesthetics and founded the Annual Register, a political review. In his day he was considered one of the finest parliamentary orators in Britain.