Robert Stewart, Viscount Castlereagh
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- I feel no wrath against the people, I am only doing my duty.
- Speech in the House of Commons in the aftermath of the Peterloo massacre, introducing a Bill to outlaw such radical meetings, prevent the training of dissidents, and seize arms (3 December 1819).
Quotes about Castlereagh
- Quest.—Why is a Pump like Viscount Castlereagh?
Answ.—Because it is a slender thing of wood,
That up and down its awkward arm doth sway,
And coolly spout, and spout, and spout away,
In one weak, washy, everlasting flood!
- Thomas Moore, Poem What's My Thought Like?
- As for my friend Lord Castlereagh, he is so cold that nothing can warm him.
- Lord Cornwallis.
- Just and passionless.
- There probably never was a statesman whose ideas were so right and whose attitude to public opinion was so wrong. Such disparity between the grasp of ends and the understanding of means amounts to a failure in statesmanship.
- Charles Webster, The Foreign Policy of Castlereagh (1931), p. 231