Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the people by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties–by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment–by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law and by observing strict economy in every department of the State. Let the government do this: The people will assuredly do the rest.

Thomas Babington Macauley


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