Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (180059)
The business of government is not directly to make the people rich, but to protect them in making themselves rich; and a government which attempts more than this is precisely the government which is likely to perform less. Governments do not and cannot support the people.
THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY, speech on parliamentary reform, March 2, 1831.The Complete Writings of Lord Macaulay, vol. 17, p. 39 (1900).