Power is action, and the elective principle is discussion. There is no policy, no statesmanship possible where discussion is permanent. - Honoré de Balzac (Catherine de' Medici Quotes)

Power is action, and the elective principle is discussion. There is no policy, no statesmanship possible where discussion is permanent.[Le pouvoir est une action, et le principe électif est la discussion. Il n’y a pas de politique possible avec la discussion en permanence.]

Source:(Roberts Brothers, ed. 1894), Introduction, Page 11
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