It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.
— John Philpot Curran, “Speech upon the Right of Election for Lord Mayor of Dublin,” 1790. (Speeches. Dublin, 1808.) as quoted in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations