It is with some confusion that I inform you of the result, closely resembling a fiasco, of my application to Faucher, but what do you expect, given that I am the worst petitioner in the world; it is perhaps a good thing. With regard to petitions, if I were habitually successful, who knows where I would stop, since everyone knows that I have no self-control.
– Frédéric Bastiat
in The Man and the Statesman: The Correspondence and Articles on Politics
ed. Jacques de Guenin, pg. 180.