Everybody is satisfied that a conservation and secure enjoyment of our natural rights is the great and ultimate purpose of civil society; and that therefore all forms whatsoever of government are only good as they are subservient to that purpose, to which they are entirely subordinate . . . . The rights of men are indeed sacred things; and if any public measure is proved mischievously to affect them, the objection ought to be fatal to that measure.
Source: Edmund Burke, as quoted in Modern Age, 1961.
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