Quotation by Robert Clive

My God, Mr. Chairman, at this moment I stand astonished at my own moderation!
Robert Clive (1725–1774), British soldier, colonial administrator. Speech, March 1773, to a select committee of the House of Commons. Quoted in Life of Robert, First Lord Clive, ch. 29, G.R. Glieg (1848).

Defending himself against charges of embezzlement; Clive was cleared of the charge but, becoming depressed and ill, committed suicide by stabbing himself in November 1774.
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