The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. – Edmund Burke who was born on this day in 1729.
He also said:
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.