Monday, 25 February 2013
"Their Passions Form Their Fetters" So They Must Listen To Their Betters

"Men are qualified for liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,—in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety and understanding is above their vanity and presumption — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

                                                                                                                   --Edmund Burke

Posted on 02/25/2013 2:26 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
25 Feb 2013
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I won't be fettered
By a man so lettered
Is not a mind-forged manacle
Downright tyrannical?
I go now to Moorland,
A gourmand of a poor land
Where the inn is free
With debauchery
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