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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. 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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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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Public calamity is a mighty leveller. Edmund Burke
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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
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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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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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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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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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Party is a body of men united, for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest, upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed. Edmund Burke
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This minority is great and formidable. I do not know whether, if I aimed at the total overthrow of a kingdom, I should wish to be encumbered with a large body of partisans. Edmund Burke
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All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Edmund Burke
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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion. Edmund Burke
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In no country, perhaps, in the world is the law so general a study. The profession itself is numerous and powerful, and in most provinces it takes the lead. Edmund Burke
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Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatsoever: But, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. Edmund Burke
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It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the publick to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
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There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused. Edmund Burke
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I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observation of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business. Edmund Burke
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Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke
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Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Edmund Burke
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Falsehood is a perennial spring. Edmund Burke
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The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds - success. Edmund Burke
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The moment you abate anything from the full rights of men to each govern himself, and suffer any artificial positive limitation upon those rights, from that moment the whole organization of government becomes a consideration of convenience. Edmund Burke
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Dangers by being despised grow great. Edmund Burke
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All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities. Edmund Burke
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We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation. Edmund Burke
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The only liberty that is valuable is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle. Edmund Burke
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The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear. Edmund Burke
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By this unprincipled facility of changing the state as often, and as much, and in as many ways as there are floating fancies or fashions, the whole chain and continuity of the commonwealth would be broken. No one generation could link with the other. Men would become little better than the flies of a summer. Edmund Burke
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He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves the history of his ancestors. Edmund Burke
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Falsehood has a perennial spring. Edmund Burke
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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions; any bungler can add to the old; but is it altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them? Edmund Burke
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The Fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men. Edmund Burke
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Men have no right to what is not reasonable, and to what is not for their benefit. Edmund Burke
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The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of His wisdom who made it. Edmund Burke
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It becomes extremely hard to disentangle our idea of the cause from the effect by which we know it. Edmund Burke
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So then because some towns in England are not represented, America is to have no representative at all. They are our children; but when children ask for bread we are not to give a stone. Edmund Burke
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Restraint of discipline, emulation, examples of virtue and of justice, form the education of the world. Edmund Burke
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His enthusiasm kindles as he advances; and when he arrives at his peroration it is in full blaze. Edmund Burke
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Nothing is so rash as fear; and the counsels of pusillanimity very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate, the evils from which they would fly. Edmund Burke
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That, of course, they are many in number, or that, after all, they are, other than the little shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome, insects of the hour. Edmund Burke
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It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free; their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke
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Suppose, however, that something like moderation were visible in this political sermon, yet politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. Edmund Burke
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The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke
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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion. 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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The great difference between the real leader and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day, and acts upon expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for the immortality. Edmund Burke
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The only training for the heroic is the mundane. Edmund Burke
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There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men. Edmund Burke
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In all forms of government the people is the true legislator. Edmund Burke
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And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. Edmund Burke
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General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged now or at any time. They are always provoked. Edmund Burke
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This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature. Edmund Burke
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