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AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, “Letters on a Regicide Peace,” letter 3, 1796–1797, The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 5, p. 431 (1899).
SUBJECTS: Government officials