— William Wilberforce anglický politik 1759 - 1833
Řeč před Dolní sněmovnou z 12. května 1789
Originál: (en) When we think of eternity, and of the future consequences of all human conduct, what is there in this life that should make any man contradict the dictates of his conscience, the principles of justice, the laws of religion, and of God? Sir, the nature and all the circumstances of this trade are now laid open to us; we can no longer plead ignorance, we can not evade it; it is now an object placed before us, we can not pass it; we may spurn it, we may kick it out of our way, but we can not turn aside so as to avoid seeing it; for it is brought now so directly before our eyes that this House must decide, and must justify to all the world, and to their own consciences, the rectitude of the grounds and principles of their decision.
Zdroj: [Almon, John, Debrett, John, Stockdale, John, XXVI, The parliamentary register; or, History of the proceedings and debates of the House of Lords and House of Commons: containing an account of the most interesting speeches and motions; accurate copies of all the protests, and of the most remarkable letters and papers; together with the most material evidence, petitions, &c. laid before and offered to the House during the sixth session of the sixteenth Parliament of Great Britan, https://books.google.cz/books?id=LFFTAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=cs&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false, J. Debrett, London, 1789, 308, 149, angličtina]