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    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.
    — 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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: enemies  people  power  law  enemy  hope  dangerous 
     
    All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: people  conscience 
     
    Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: mistakes 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: health  friends  self  care  attention 
     
    Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men  liberty  morals 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: madness  liberty  wisdom 
     
    Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: hypocrisy 
     
    In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
    — 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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: humanity  justice  nature  law 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men  present  mind  ideas 
     
    The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: time  hell  fire  morals 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: power  virtue  struggle  honor 
     
    Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men 
     
    It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: language  strength 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: people  language  energy 
     
    The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: evil  men 
     
    All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: time  abuse  protection 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: mind 
     
    He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: struggle 
     
    History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: living 
     
    No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: fear  power  mind  passion 
     
    All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men  right 
     
    Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men  creation 
     
    Ambition can creep as well as soar.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: ambition 
     
    The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: true  danger  liberty 
     
    People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: people 
     
    Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: government 
     
    Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: law  bad 
     
    It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: men  mind  passion 
     
    The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: human  emotion  curiosity  mind 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: law  corrupt 
     
    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.
    — Edmund Burke
    tags: people  liberty  corrupt 
     
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    edmund burke
    Birth    : January 12, 1729
    Death  : July 9, 1797
    Occupation  : Statesman