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Edmund Burke, Speech on American Taxation, 19 April 1774

February 8th, 2007 (12:40 am)

On Charles Townshend, chancellor of the exchequer 1766-1767:

"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."

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