Quotation by Edmund Burke

The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught a priori. Nor is it a short experience that can instruct us in that practical science, because the real effects of moral causes are not always immediate.
Edmund Burke (1729–1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 53, ed. Pocock (1790).
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