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Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty*

14/06/2012

A delightful letter in yesterday’s (yes, you’ve guessed it) Times, that aches to be shared here:

*John Philpot Curran. Speech on the Right of Election of the Lord Mayor of Dublin [10.7.1790].

Edit: Yes, I do know that the quotation is often attributed to Thomas Jefferson. There is, however, no record of it in his writings, whereas there is for Curran as it was published in Speeches on the late very interesting State trials (1808). Wikipedia says of him: “His occasional tendency of challenging people to duels (he fought five in all) rather than compromise his values, along with his skilful oratory, quick wit and his championing of popular Irish causes … made him one of the most popular lawyers in Ireland.”

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