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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1052
AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, “A Free Briton’s Advice to the Free Citizens of Dublin,” no. 2, 1748.—The Early Life, Correspondence and Writings of the Rt. Hon. Edmund Burke, p. 338 (1923).