edmund burke Quotes

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
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— Edmund Burke
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
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— Edmund Burke
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
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— Edmund Burke
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
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— Edmund Burke
My good friends, while I do most earnestly recommend you to take care of your health and safety, as things most precious to us, I would not have that care degenerate into an effeminate and over-curious attention, which is always disgraceful to a man's self, and often troublesome to others.
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— Edmund Burke
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.
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— Edmund Burke
But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
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— Edmund Burke
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
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— Edmund Burke
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
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— Edmund Burke
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
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— Edmund Burke
Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
— Edmund Burke
Men want to be reminded, who do not want to be taught; because those original ideas of rectitude to which the mind is compelled to assent when they are proposed, are not always as present to us as they ought to be.
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— Edmund Burke
The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
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— Edmund Burke
I do not hesitate to say that the road to eminence and power, from an obscure condition, ought not to be made too easy, nor a thing too much of course. If rare merit be the rarest of all things, it ought to pass through some sort of probation. The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence. If it be open through virtue, let it be remembered, too, that virtue is never tried but by some difficulty and some struggle.
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— Edmund Burke
Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.
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— Edmund Burke
It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength.
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— Edmund Burke
In general the languages of most unpolished people have a great force and energy of expression; and this is but natural. Uncultivated people are but ordinary observers of things, and not critical in distinguishing them; but, for that reason, they admire more, and are more affected with what they see, and therefore express themselves in a warmer and more passionate manner.
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— Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
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— Edmund Burke
All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
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— Edmund Burke
The only training for the heroic is the mundane.
— Edmund Burke
There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection.
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— Edmund Burke
There is a wide difference between admiration and love. The sublime, which is the cause of the former, always dwells on great objects and terrible; the latter on small ones and pleasing; we submit to what we admire, but we love what submits to us: in one case we are forced, in the other, we are flattered, into compliance.
— Edmund Burke
The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural.
— Edmund Burke
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
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— Edmund Burke
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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— Edmund Burke
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
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— Edmund Burke
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
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— Edmund Burke
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
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— Edmund Burke
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
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— Edmund Burke
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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— Edmund Burke
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
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— Edmund Burke
People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
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— Edmund Burke
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
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— Edmund Burke
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
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— Edmund Burke
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
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— Edmund Burke
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
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— Edmund Burke
Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe.
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— Edmund Burke
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
— Edmund Burke
Good order is the foundation of all things.
— Edmund Burke
Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
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— Edmund Burke
edmund burke
Birth    : January 12, 1729
Death  : July 9, 1797
Occupation  : Statesman

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