“To avoid therefore the evils of inconstancy and versatility, ten thousand times worse than those of obstinancy and the blindest predjudice, we have consecreated the state, that no man should approach to look into its defects or corruptions but with due caution; that he should never dream of beginning its reformation by its subversion; that he should approach to the faults of the state as to the wounds of a father, with pious awe and trembling solicitude. By this wise prejudice we are taught to look with horror on those children of their country, who are prompt rashly to hack that aged parent in pieces, and put him back into the kettle of magicians, in hopes that by their poisonous weeds, and wild incantations, they may rengenerate the paternal constitution, and renovate their father’s life.”
- Reflections on the Revolution in France