Legitimate Power and the Great Accounting

Daily Dabble in the Classics, Edmund Burke

“All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust: and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of Society . … Power to be legitimate must be according to that eternal, immutable law, in which will and reason are the same.”

Source: Edmund Burke, as quoted in Modern Age 5:273.