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Charles James Fox Quotes

Persecution always says, I know the consequences of your opinion better than you know them yourselves. But the language of toleration was always amicable, liberal, and just: it confessed its doubts, and acknowledged its ignorance ... Persecution had always reasoned from cause to effect, from opinion to action, [that such an opinion would invariably lead to but one action], which proved generally erroneous; while toleration led us invariably to form just conclusions, by judging from actions and not from opinions.
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All political power is a trust.

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Kings govern by popular assemblies only when they cannot do without them.

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Our Sovereign's Health, the Majesty of the People.

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There is not a power in Europe, no not even Bonaparte's that is so unlimited [as the British monarchy].

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There is a spirit of resistance implanted by the Deity in the breast of man, proportioned to the size of the wrongs he is destined to endure.

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I prefer the hardest terms of peace to the most just war.

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No human government has a right to enquire into private opinions, to presume that it knows them, or to act on that presumption. Men are the best judges of the consequences of their own opinions, and how far they are likely to influence their actions; and it is most unnatural and tyrannical to say, "as you think, so must you act. I will collect the evidence of your future conduct from what I know to be your opinions."

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Opinions become dangerous to a state only when persecution makes it necessary for the people to communicate their ideas under the bond of secrecy.

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There is no man who hates the power of the crown more, or who has a worse opinion of the Person to whom it belongs than I.

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