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Whoever reviews the operations of government in this country since the Revolution, will find few, even of the most questionable measures of administration, about which the best instructed judgment might not have doubted at the time, but of which he may affirm, with certainty, that they were indifferent to the greatest part of those who concurred in them.




William Paley, 1743–1805, English Philosopher, Quoted in William Smyth, Modern History, 1854

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William Paley
William Paley
  • Born: July 2, 1743
  • Died: May 26, 1805
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Theologian

William Paley was an English clergyman, Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian. He is best known for his natural theology exposition of the teleological argument for the existence of God in his work Natural Theology or Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity, which made use of the watchmaker analogy.

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