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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1082
AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits…. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, “Letters on a Regicide Peace,” letter 3, 1796–1797, The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 5, p. 414 (1899).