The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.

— Robert Peel

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Agitation is the marshalling of the conscience of a nation to mold its laws.


The police are the public and the public are the police.


Public opinion is a compound of folly, weakness, prejudice, wrong feeling, right feeling, obstinacy, and newspaper paragraphs.


In every village there will arise a miscreant to establish the most grinding tyranny by calling himself the people.


The real truth is, the number of convicts is too overwhelming for the means of proper and effectual punishment. I despair of any remedy but that which I wish I could hope for - a great reduction in the amount of crime.


I never knew a man escape failures, in either mind or body, who worked seven days in a week.


Of all the vulgar arts of government, that of solving every difficulty that might arise by thrusting the hand into the public purse is the most illusory and contemptible.


Can there be a more lamentable picture than that of a Chancellor of the Exchequer seated on an empty chest by a pool of bottomless deficiency fishing for a budget?


But after this natural burst of indignation, no man of sense, courage, or prudence will waste his time or his strength in retrospective reproaches or repinings.


I have read all that has been written by the gravest authorities on political economy on the subject of rent, wages, taxes, tithes.


My belief is, from all that I have seen of the French people and their Government, that they are much more likely to presume upon our weakness than to take offence at our strength.


The Reform Bill has destroyed the ancient conduits and strainers, and brings Public Opinion to act upon the government with the rapid, turbulent, and uncertain violence of a flood!


About Robert Peel

Quotes 19 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

However much I have been blamed for not showing more deferences to a great party, and for not acting more steadily on party principles, all I have to regret is that I showed so much.


Much is said about English severity, but not a word about Irish provocation.


The distinction of being without an honour is becoming a rare and valuable one and should not become extinct.


On the Wednesday evening - that is, the day I saw her Majesty on this particular point - I had the opportunity of conferring with all those whom I proposed to submit to her Majesty as Ministers.


There seem to me to be very few facts, at least ascertainable facts, in politics.


No minister ever stood, or could stand, against public opinion.