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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–59)
QUOTATION: I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilisation, or both.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, letter to Henry Stephens Randall, May 23, 1857.—The Letters of Thomas Babington Macaulay, ed. Thomas Pinney, vol. 6, p. 94 (1981).

See note at No. 334 about this letter.
SUBJECTS: Democracy