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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There are three estates in Parliament but in the Reporters' Gallery yonder there sits a Fourth Estate more important far than they all. It is not a figure of speech or witty saying, it is a literal fact, very momentous to us in these times. Edmund Burke
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That great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours. Edmund Burke
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To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind. 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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He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves the history of his ancestors. 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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We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us. Edmund Burke
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Religion is among the most powerful causes of enthusiasm. Edmund Burke
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Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation. Edmund Burke
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Oppression makes wise men mad; but the distemper is still the madness of the wise, which is better than the sobriety of fools. Edmund Burke
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To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty. Edmund Burke
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Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. Edmund Burke
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The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural. Edmund Burke
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The cause of a wrong taste is a defect of judgment. Edmund Burke
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It is the nature of tyranny and rapacity never to learn moderation from the ill-success of first oppressions; on the contrary, all oppressors, all men thinking highly of the methods dictated by their nature, attribute the frustration of their desires to the want of sufficient rigor. Edmund Burke
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Falsehood has a perennial spring. 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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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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To speak of atrocious crimes in mild language is treason to virtue. 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 cold neutrality of an impartial judge. Edmund Burke
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I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard, than in the tombs of the Capulets. Edmund Burke
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The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is Curiosity. Edmund Burke
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