On the Army Estimates 9 February I tell you again that the recollection of the manner in which I saw the Queen of France in the year and the contrast between that brilliancy, Splendour, and beauty, with the prostrate Homage of a Nation to her, compared with the abominable Scene of which I was describing did draw Tears from me and wetted my Paper.
People without much difficulty admit the entrance of that injustice of which they are not to be the immediate victims.
In a connection, the most inconsiderable man, by adding to the weight of the whole, has his value, and his use; out of it, the greatest talents are wholly unserviceable to the public. Preface " War ," says Machiavel"ought to be the only study of a prince;" and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted.
I need not excuse myself to your Lordship, nor, I think, to any honest man, for the zeal I have shown in this cause; for it is an honest zeal, and in a good cause.
I now plead for natural society against politicians, and for natural reason against all three. The march of the human mind is slow.
All that is necessary for the forces of evil to take root in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.