Quotation by Thomas Carlyle

Men are to be guided only by their self-interests. Good government is a good balancing of these; and, except a keen eye and appetite for self-interest, requires no virtue in any quarter. To both parties it is emphatically a machine: to the discontented, a "taxing- machine;" to the contented, a "machine for securing property." Its duties and its faults are not those of a father, but of an active parish-constable.
Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881), Scottish essayist, historian. Critical and Miscellaneous Essays (1839-1857). Signs of the Times, first published in Edinburgh Review, no. 98 (1829).
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