Because half-a-dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that of course they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little shrivelled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.
Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 344.
The men of England,the men, I mean, of light and leading in England.
Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 365.
Note 1. This expression was tortured to mean that he actually thought the people no better than swine; and the phrase the swinish multitude was bruited about in every form of speech and writing, in order to excite popular indignation. [back]