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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1151
AUTHOR: Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–59)
QUOTATION: No particular man is necessary to the state. We may depend on it that, if we provide the country with popular institutions, those institutions will provide it with great men.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, speech on parliamentary reform, March 2, 1831.—The Complete Writings of Lord Macaulay, vol. 17, p. 14 (1900).

See also No. 1153.