Robert Walpole

Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford, KG PC was a British statesman and Whig politician who is generally regarded as the de facto first Prime Minister of Great Britain.

Here are some quotes from President Robert Walpole;

It is but refusing to gratify an unreasonable or an insolent demand, and up starts a patriot.

Every man has his price.

Though I admire republican principles in theory, yet I am afraid the practice may be too perfect for human nature. We tried a republic last century, and it failed. Let our enemies try next. I hate political experiments.

The very idea of true patriotism is lost, and the term has been prostituted to the very worst of purposes. A patriot, sir! Why, patriots spring up like mushrooms!

I can not, therefore, see how this can be imputed as a crime, or how any of the king’s ministers can be blamed for his doing what the public has no concern in; for if the public be well and faithfully served it has no business to ask by whom.

The gratitude of place-expectants is a lively sense of future favours.

I have lived long enough in the world, Sir, . . . to know that the safety of a minister lies in his having the approbation of this House. Former ministers, Sir, neglected this, and therefore they fell; I have always made it my first study to obtain it.

I will not attempt to deny the reasonableness and necessity of a party war; but in carrying on that war all principles and rules of justice should not be departed from.

Gentlemen have talked a great deal of patriotism. A venerable word, when duly practiced.

If they are really persuaded that the army is annually established by me, that I have the sole disposal of posts and honours, that I employ this power in the destruction of liberty and the diminution of commerce, let me awaken them from their delusion.

I have never been afraid of making patriots; but I disdain and despise all their efforts.

No expense has been incurred but what has been approved of and provided for by Parliament.

Persons extremely reserved are like old enamelled watches, which had painted covers, that hindered your seeing what o’clock it was.

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