Under The Sun

Monday, May 12, 2003

"The talk of not acting from fear is mere parliamentary cant. From what motive but fear, I should like to know, have all the improvements in our constitution proceeded? If I say, Give this people what they ask because it is just, do you think I should get ten people to listen to me? The only way to make the mass of mankind see the beauty of justice is by showing them in pretty plain terms the consequence of injustice."

--Sydney Smith, speech in Parliament in favor of the Reform Bill of 1832

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