Talk:William Ewart Gladstone

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Does anyone know what the original source of the famous "letting money fructify in the pockets of the people" quote comes from? I find it in Matthew's Gladstone, 1809-1974 but he gives no source. I do not find it in Magnus' biography, neither in Hirst's study of his economic and financial reform. I'm thinking it may be apocryphal, perhaps someone with Morley's biography may know?--Johnbull 03:54, 8 April 2007 (UTC)


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  • Justice delayed is justice denied.
    • This is from an address of Gladstone's to Parliament on the adoption of the disestablishment of the Church of Ireland as a policy of the Liberal Party, on 16 Mar 1868: "Above all, if we be just men, we shall go forward in the name of truth and right, and shall bear this in mind: that, when the case is ripe and the hour has come, justice delayed is justice denied" [note that the assertion is conditional, not absolute]. See Fred R. Shapiro's "You can quote them" in the Yale Alumni Magazine of May 2010. In this article there's also (1) an earlier citation from the Louisiana Law Journal (April 1842) for this phrase and (2) a note that in his Some Fruits of Solitude, Part I, #393, published in 1682 (although Shapiro says 1693), William Penn wrote, "Our law says well, to delay Justice is Injustice." --Hughh (talk) 20:04, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
  • The Labour movement is but the tail of the great Liberal lion.