Quotation by William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount

My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy ... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it.
William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779–1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, Lord M, ch. 4 (1954).
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