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Edmund Burke
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Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering. Edmund Burke
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Responsibility prevents crimes. Edmund Burke
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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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
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In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function. Edmund Burke
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Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order. Edmund Burke
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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver; and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings. Edmund Burke
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Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not. Edmund Burke
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Futurity is the great concern of mankind. Edmund Burke
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Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort. Edmund Burke
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Man is an animal that cooks his victuals. Edmund Burke
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Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. Edmund Burke
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It is for the most part in our skill in manners, and in the observations of time and place and of decency in general, that what is called taste by way of distinction consists; and which is in reality no other than a more refined judgment. Edmund Burke
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For my part, I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew. 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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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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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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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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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 essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws. Edmund Burke
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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
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The power of discretionary disqualification by one law of Parliament, and the necessity of paying every debt of the Civil List by another law of Parliament, if suffered to pass unnoticed, must establish such a fund of rewards and terrors as will make Parliament the best appendage and support of arbitrary power that ever was invented by the wit of man. Edmund Burke
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A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined. Edmund Burke
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Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled. 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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