Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Reflections on the Revolution in France
, in his Works
, Vol. IV (London: Francis & John Rivington, 1852), p. 221:
We know that we have made no discoveries, and we think that no discoveries are to be made, in morality; nor many in the great principles of government, nor in the ideas of liberty, which were understood long before we were born, altogether as well as they will be after the grave has heaped its mould upon our presumption, and the silent tomb shall have imposed its law on our pert loquacity.