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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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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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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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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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All government is founded on compromise and banter. Edmund Burke
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To speak of atrocious crimes in mild language is treason to virtue. Edmund Burke
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I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever. Edmund Burke
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If the grain were separated from the chaff which fills the Works of our National Poets, what is truly valuable would be to what is useless in the proportion of a mole-hill to a mountain. 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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Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon his watch, as well as he that goes over to the enemy. Edmund Burke
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I have in general no very exalted opinion of the virtue of paper government. Edmund Burke
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All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. Edmund Burke
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The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts. Edmund Burke
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Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed. Edmund Burke
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Resolved to die in the last dike of prevarication. Edmund Burke
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It shews the anxiety of the great men who influenced the conduct of affairs at that great event, to make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. Edmund Burke
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It cannot at this time be too often repeated; line upon line; precept upon precept; until it comes into the currency of a proverb, To innovate is not to reform.. Edmund Burke
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In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority. Edmund Burke
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All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. Edmund Burke
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Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. Edmund Burke
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Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. Edmund Burke
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The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke
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It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. Edmund Burke
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Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own. Edmund Burke
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Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. Edmund Burke
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True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues. Edmund Burke
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Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state. Edmund Burke
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The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. Edmund Burke
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It is better to cherish virtue and humanity, by leaving much to free will, even with some loss of the object , than to attempt to make men mere machines and instruments of political benevolence. The world on the whole will gain by a liberty, without which virtue cannot exist. Edmund Burke
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The science of constructing a commonwealth, or renovating it, or reforming it, is, like every other experimental science, not to be taught a priori. Nor is it a short experience that can instruct us in that practical science, because the real effects of moral causes are not always immediate. Edmund Burke
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The effect of liberty to individuals is, that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations. Edmund Burke
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Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren. Edmund Burke
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Fraud is the ready minister of injustice. Edmund Burke
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The great Error of our Nature is, not to know where to stop, not to be satisfied with any reasonable Acquirement; not to compound with our Condition; but to lose all we have gained by an insatiable Pursuit after more. Edmund Burke
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Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries. Edmund Burke
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The grand instructor, time. Edmund Burke
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Nothing tends more to the corruption of science than to suffer it to stagnate. Edmund Burke
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If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing him. Edmund Burke
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She is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. Edmund Burke
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An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public. Edmund Burke
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But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion. Edmund Burke
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As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of providence in some way unknown to us. They rise where they are least expected. They fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth. Edmund Burke
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As those things which engage us merely by their novelty cannot attach us for any length of time, curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections. Edmund Burke
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Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco. Edmund Burke
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Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke
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Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he has a right to do for himself; and he has a right to a fair portion of all which society, with all it combinations of skill and force, can do in his favor. In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things. Edmund Burke
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I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it. Edmund Burke
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Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. Edmund Burke
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An appearance of delicacy, and even fragility, is almost essential to beauty. Edmund Burke
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I cannot stand forward, and give praise or blame to any thing which relates to human actions, and human concerns, on a simple view of the subject as it stands stripped of every relation, in all the nakedness and solitude of metaphysical abstraction. Circumstances (which with some gentlemen pass for nothing) give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing colour, 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 hard to say whether doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery. Edmund Burke
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It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration. Edmund Burke
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There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world. Edmund Burke
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Evil succeeds when good men do nothing Edmund Burke
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All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society. Edmund Burke
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People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke
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