Liberty Letters Quote of the Day, Edmund Burke
Men are qualified for civil 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 place 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.
Source: Edmund Burke, Works 4:51-2.