Robert Peel (1778-1850) quotes


  • Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.
  • But after this natural burst of indignation, no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repinings.
  • No minister ever stood, or could stand, against public opinion.
  • The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
  • There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics.

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