Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (17691852)
Trust nothing to the enthusiasm of the people. Give them a strong and a just, and, if possible, a good, government; but, above all, a strong one.
ARTHUR WELLESLEY, DUKE OF WELLINGTON, letter to Lieutenant-General Lord William Bentinck, December 24, 1811.John Gurwood, Selections from the Dispatches and General Orders of Field Marshal, the Duke of Wellington, p. 545 (1851).