In the beginning

To expect too much of governments, and too little from individual and social efforts, has always been the error of mankind, and it is one to which we are peculiarly liable at present. Political interests are now so predominant, and so much has been gained within the last century throughout the world by political changes, that it is by no means surprising that men should be tempted, to think that everything depends on the course of law and of administration. We forget the multitude of interests with which law can never interfere without doing harm; nor do we consider that even when great revolutions are desirable, a fundamental change of law, to be effective, must be preceded by a change in the habits and opinions of the people. Quid leges sine moribus ?

BY REV. A. POTTER, D.D. in the INTRODUCTION to ESSAYS ON PROPERTY AND LABOUR AS CONNECTED WITH NATURAL LAW AND THE CONSTITUTION OF SOCIETY. BY FRANCIS LIEBER. 1841