7 Days Till St. Patrick’s Day – Part 6 of 7
From Edmund Burke (1729-1797):
The worst of these politics of revolution is this: they temper and harden the breast, in order to prepare it for the desperate strokes which are sometimes used in extreme occasions. But as these occasions may never arrive, the mind receives a gratuitous taint; and the moral sentiments suffer not a little, when no political purpose is served by the depravation. This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man, that they have totally forgot his nature.
—Reflections on the Revolution in France (1791)
And since ’tis the Ides of March, let us render under Caesar (100BC-44BC):
Men are generally ready to believe what they want to believe.
—Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Gallic Wars) III, xviii
See also “Seven Days Till St. Patrick’s Day – Part 5 of 7” and