Quotation by William Pitt, The Younger

Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
William Pitt, The Younger (1759–1806), British statesman. speech, Nov. 18, 1783, to the House of Commons, on the India Bill.

A month later, aged 24, Pitt was appointed prime minister, a position he retained until his resignation 17 years later.
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