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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

Of this stamp is the cant of, Not men, but measures. Edmund Burke

Evil prevails when good men fail to act. Edmund Burke

It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph. Edmund Burke

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

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

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who does nothing because he could only do a little. Edmund Burke

Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom. Edmund Burke

Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

A jealous lover lights his torch from the firebrand of the fiend. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil. Edmund Burke

They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man. Edmund Burke

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

The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions. Edmund Burke

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them. Edmund Burke

The ocean is an object of no small terror. Edmund Burke

Water is insipid, inodorous, colorless and smooth. Edmund Burke

Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another. Edmund Burke

They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance. Edmund Burke

Where mystery begins religion ends. Edmund Burke

Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality. Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to the good. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delusion produced not one mischief the less because it is universal. Edmund Burke

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

But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear. Edmund Burke

A very good part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world. Edmund Burke

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. Edmund Burke

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. Edmund Burke

A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering. Edmund Burke

Responsibility prevents crimes. Edmund Burke

In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars. Edmund Burke

I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either. Edmund Burke

There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world. Edmund Burke

You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe. Edmund Burke

Public calamity is a mighty leveller. Edmund Burke

It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people. Edmund Burke

It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them. Edmund Burke

Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament. Edmund Burke



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