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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–59)
QUOTATION: I have not the smallest doubt that, if we had a purely democratic government here, the effect would be the same. Either the poor would plunder the rich, and civilisation would perish; or order and property would be saved by a strong military government, and liberty would perish.
ATTRIBUTION: THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, letter to Henry Stephens Randall, May 23, 1857.—The Letters of Thomas Babington Macaulay, ed. Thomas Pinney, vol. 6, pp. 94–95 (1981).

See note at No. 334 about this letter.
SUBJECTS: Democracy