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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1050
AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, speech at his arrival at Bristol, October 13, 1774.—The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 2, p. 87 (1899).