Quotation by George Gordon Noel Byron

Are we aware of our obligations to a mob? It is the mob that labour in your fields and serve in your houses—that man your navy, and recruit your army—that have enabled you to defy the world, and can also defy you when neglect and calamity have driven them to despair. You may call the people a mob; but do not forget that a mob too often speaks the sentiments of the people.
George Gordon Noel Byron (1788–1824), British poet. maiden speech, Feb. 27, 1812, to the House of Lords.

On the subject of the Luddite machine-wreckers.
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