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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 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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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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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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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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Falsehood has a perennial spring. 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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The grand instructor, time. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to deprecate the value of freedom itself. Edmund Burke
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In general the languages of most unpolished people have a great force and energy of expression; and this is but natural. Uncultivated people are but ordinary observers of things, and not critical in distinguishing them; but, for that reason, they admire more, and are more affected with what they see, and therefore express themselves in a warmer and more passionate manner. Edmund Burke
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Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents of a country against its property. Edmund Burke
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Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman. 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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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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