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...yourselves a recess even on Sundays. We have two days in the week, besides the festivals, and besides five or six months of the summer and autumn. This continued, unremitted effort of the members of your Assembly I take to be one among the causes of the mischief they have done. They who always labor can have no true judgment. You never give yourselves time to cool. You can never survey, from its proper point of sight, the work you have finished, before you decree its final execution.You can never plan the future by the past.You never go into the country, soberly and dispassionately to observe the effect of your measures on their objects. You cannot feel distinctly how far the people are rendered better and improved, or more miserable and depraved, by what you have done. You cannot see with your own eyes the sufferings and afflictions you cause. You know them but at a distance, on the statements of those who always flatter the reigning power, and who, amidst their representations of the grievances, inflame... Burke, Edmund
Source: Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (vol. IV, p. 55) · Excerpt from The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 04 (of 12) · This quote is about planning · Search on Google Books to find all references and sources for this quotation.
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