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Edmund Burke
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The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions. Edmund Burke
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Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke
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Laws, like houses, lean on one another. Edmund Burke
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I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business. Edmund Burke
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Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind. Edmund Burke
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Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation. Edmund Burke
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Of this stamp is the cant of, Not men, but measures. Edmund Burke
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Evil prevails when good men fail to act. Edmund Burke
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It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph. Edmund Burke
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The worthy gentleman [Mr. Coombe], who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, while his desires were as warm, and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us, what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue. Edmund Burke
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If anything in my conversation has merited your regard, I think it must be the openness and freedom with which I commonly express my sentiments. You are too wise a man not to know that such freedom is not without its use. Edmund Burke
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Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. Edmund Burke
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When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people. Edmund Burke
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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil. Edmund Burke
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They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man. Edmund Burke
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God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked. Edmund Burke
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Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom. Edmund Burke
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Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe. Edmund Burke
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What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence. Edmund Burke
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Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion. Edmund Burke
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He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding raises his powers to a level with the height of the superior standing he unites with. Edmund Burke
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A jealous lover lights his torch from the firebrand of the fiend. Edmund Burke
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Religion is for the man in humble life, and to raise his nature, and to put him in mind of a state in which the privileges of opulence will cease, when he will be equal by nature, and may be more than equal by virtue. Edmund Burke
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It is by sympathy we enter into the concerns of others, that we are moved as they are moved, and are never suffered to be indifferent spectators of almost anything which men can do or suffer. For sympathy may be considered as a sort of substitution, by which we are put into the place of another man, and affected in many respects as he is affected. Edmund Burke
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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
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Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use. Edmund Burke
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The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands. Edmund Burke
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I find along with many virtues in my countrymen there is a jealousy, a soreness, and readiness to take offence, as if they were the most helpless and impotent of mankind, and yet a violence... and a boistrousness in their resentment, as if they had been puffed up with the highest prosperity and power. they will not only be served, but it must also be in their own way and on their own principles and even in words and language that they liked... which renders it very difficult for a plain unguarded man as I am to have anything to do with them or their affairs. Edmund Burke
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A thing may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent. Edmund Burke
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It is the love of the people; it is their attachment to their government, from the sense of the deep stake they have in such a glorious institution, which gives you your army 168 and your navy, and infuses into both that liberal obedience, without which your army would be a base rabble, and your navy nothing but rotten timber. Edmund Burke
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Politics ought to be adjusted not to human reasonings but to human nature, of which reason is but a part and by no means the greatest part. Edmund Burke
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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. Edmund Burke
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It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do. Edmund Burke
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Manners are of more importance than laws. The law can touch us here and there, now and then. 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 in. Edmund Burke
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It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
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You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke
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Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. Edmund Burke
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Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society. Edmund Burke
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Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. Edmund Burke
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The march of the human mind is slow. Edmund Burke
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People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them. Edmund Burke
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The ocean is an object of no small terror. Edmund Burke
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Water is insipid, inodorous, colorless and smooth. Edmund Burke
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Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another. Edmund Burke
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They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance. Edmund Burke
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Where mystery begins religion ends. Edmund Burke
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Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality. Edmund Burke
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One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to the good. Edmund Burke
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The person who grieves, suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time. Edmund Burke
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We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation. Edmund Burke
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The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion, as makes it impossible on ordinary occasions to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity. Edmund Burke
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No government ought to exist for the purpose of checking the prosperity of its people or to allow such a principle in its policy. Edmund Burke
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That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth. Edmund Burke
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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial. Edmund Burke
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Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites... Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. Edmund Burke
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Religion, to have any force upon men's understandings, - indeed, to exist at all, - must be supposed paramount to law, and independent for its substance upon any human institution, else it would be the absurdest thing in the world, - an acknowledged cheat. Edmund Burke
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Delusion produced not one mischief the less because it is universal. Edmund Burke
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Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a paternal guardian and legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as He loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
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But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear. Edmund Burke
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A very good part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. Edmund Burke
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Too much idleness, I have observed, fills up a man's time more completely and leaves him less his own master, than any sort of employment whatsoever. Edmund Burke
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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
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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle. Edmund Burke
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He that borrows the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; he that uses that of a superior elevates his own to the stature of that he contemplates. Edmund Burke
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As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns, as the heavens are sometimes overcast-alternately tempestuous and serene-so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasure and pain. Edmund Burke
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The great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world is by one man's pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another. Edmund Burke
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Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal. Edmund Burke
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To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust. Edmund Burke
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A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world. Edmund Burke
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A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. Edmund Burke
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