Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Edmund Burke (172997)
I did not obey your instructions. No. I conformed to the instructions of truth and Nature, and maintained your interest, against your opinions, with a constancy that became me. A representative worthy of you ought to be a person of stability. I am to look, indeed, to your opinions,but to such opinions as you and I must have five years hence. I was not to look to the flash of the day. I knew that you chose me, in my place, along with others, to be a pillar of the state, and not a weathercock on the top of the edifice, exalted for my levity and versatility, and of no use but to indicate the shiftings of every fashionable gale.
EDMUND BURKE, speech at Bristol, previous to the election, September 6, 1780.The Works of the Right Honorable Edmund Burke, vol. 2, p. 382 (1899).