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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1787
AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE, speech on American taxation, House of Commons, April 19, 1774.—The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, ed. Paul Langford, vol. 2, p. 454 (1981).

Burke was referring to the chancellor of the exchequer, Charles Townshend.
SUBJECTS: Taxation