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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 men of England,- the men, I mean, of light and leading in England. Edmund Burke
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Not men but measures a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement. 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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He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves the history of his ancestors. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born. 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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