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AUTHOR: Edmund Burke (1729–97)
QUOTATION: What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence.
ATTRIBUTION: EDMUND BURKE,Reflections on the Revolution in France,” 1790, The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 3, p. 483 (1899).
SUBJECTS: Elections