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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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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 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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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 all forms of government the people is the true legislator. 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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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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Falsehood has a perennial spring. 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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History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite. Edmund Burke
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In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind. 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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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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A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood. Edmund Burke
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There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke
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Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world. Edmund Burke
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It is from this absolute indifference and tranquillity of the mind, that mathematical speculations derive some of the most considerable advantages; because there is nothing to interest the imagination; because the judgment sits free and unbiased to examine the point. All proportions, every arrangement of quantity, is alike to the understanding, because the same truths result to it from all; from greater from lesser, from equality and inequality. Edmund Burke
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The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue; to impose it with judgment and equality; to employ it economically; and, when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds. Edmund Burke
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Where two motives, neither of them perfectly justifiable, may be assigned, the worst has the chance of being preferred. Edmund Burke
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Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude. Edmund Burke
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Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This conflict with difficulty makes us acquainted 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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Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style. Edmund Burke
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The introduction of Christianity, which, under whatever form, always confers such inestimable benefits on mankind, soon made a sensible change in these rude and fierce manners. Edmund Burke
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A speculative despair is unpardonable where it our duty to act. Edmund Burke
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Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies. Edmund Burke
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Instead of casting away all our old prejudices, we cherish them to a very considerable degree, and, to take more shame to ourselves, we cherish them because they are prejudices; and the longer they have lasted and the more generally they have prevailed, the more we cherish them. We are afraid to put men to live and trade each on his own private stock of reason; because we suspect that this stock in each man is small, and that the individuals would do better to avail themselves of the general bank and capital of nations and of ages. Edmund Burke
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It is in the relaxation of security; it is in the expansion of prosperity; it is in the hour of dilatation of the heart, and of its softening into festivity and pleasure, that the real character of men is discerned. Edmund Burke
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The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny. Edmund Burke
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Nothing, indeed, but the possession of some power can with any certainty discover what at the bottom is the true character of any man. Edmund Burke
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An entire life of solitude contradicts the purpose of our being, since death itself is scarcely an idea of more terror. Edmund Burke
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It is known that the taste-whatever it is-is improved exactly as we improve our judgment, by extending our knowledge, by a steady attention to our object, and by frequent exercise. Edmund Burke
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A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion. Edmund Burke
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Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold. Edmund Burke
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War is the matter which fills all history; and consequently the only, or almost the only, view in which we can see the external of political society is in a hostile shape: and the only actions to which we have always seen, and still see, all of them intent, are such as tend to the destruction of one another. Edmund Burke
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Thank God, men that art greatly guilty are never wise. 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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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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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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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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