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AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE,Reflections on the Revolution in France,” 1790, The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 3, p. 310 (1899).
SUBJECTS: Government—definition of