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...Political arrangement, as it is a work for social ends, is to be only wrought by social means. There mind must conspire with mind. Time is required to produce that union of minds which alone can produce all the good we aim at. Our patience will achieve more than our force. If I might venture to appeal to what is so much out of fashion in Paris,--I mean to experience,--I should tell you, that in my course I have known, and, according to my measure, have co??perated with great men; andI have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.By a slow, but well-sustained progress, the effect of each step is watched; the good or ill success of the first gives light to us in the second; and so, from light to light, we are conducted with safety through the whole series. We see that the parts of the system do not clash. The evils latent in the most promising contrivances are provided for as they arise. One advantage is as little as possible sacrificed to another. We compensate, we reconcile, we balance. We are enabled to unite... Burke, Edmund
Excerpt from The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 03 (of 12) · This quote is about planning · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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