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Edmund Burke
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Our patience will achieve more than our force. 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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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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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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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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I thought ten thousand swords must have leapt from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her [Queen Marie Antoinette] with insult. Edmund Burke
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So far as it has gone, it probably is the most pure and defecated publick good which ever has been conferred on mankind. Edmund Burke
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The art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
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By adverting to the dignity of this high calling our ancestors have turned a savage wilderness into a glorious empire: and have made the most extensive, and the only honorable conquests, not by destroying, but by promoting the wealth, the number, the happiness of the human race. 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 event had happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. Edmund Burke
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It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. Edmund Burke
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Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man's right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without. Edmund Burke
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To govern according to the sense, and agreeably to the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of government. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil. 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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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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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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The grand instructor, time. Edmund Burke
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The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone! Edmund Burke
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I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power. Edmund Burke
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Next to love, Sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart. Edmund Burke
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I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people. Edmund Burke
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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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I am not one of those who think that the people are never in the wrong. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favour of the people. Edmund Burke
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But a good patriot, and a true politician, always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition, to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Everything else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution. Edmund Burke
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Reflect how you are to govern a people who think they ought to be free, and think they are not. Your scheme yields no revenue; it yields nothing but discontent, disorder, disobedience; and such is the state of America, that after wading through up to your eyes in blood, you could only end up where you begun; that is, to tax where no revenue is to be found... all is confusion beyond it. Edmund Burke
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When slavery is established in any part of the world, those who are free are by far the most proud and jealous of their freedom. Edmund Burke
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A nation without means of reform is without means of survival. Edmund Burke
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There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection. Edmund Burke
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It is by bribing, not so often by being bribed, that wicked politicians bring ruin on mankind. Avarice is a rival to the pursuits of many. Edmund Burke
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Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners and civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion. Edmund Burke
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I own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will cause innumerable broils, place men in what situation you please. Edmund Burke
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Prejudice renders a man's virtue his habit, and a series of unconnected arts. Though just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature. 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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Nothing ought to be more weighed than the nature of books recommended by public authority. So recommended, they soon form the character of the age. Edmund Burke
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I do not hesitate to say that the road to eminence and power, from an obscure condition, ought not to be made too easy, nor a thing too much of course. If rare merit be the rarest of all things, it ought to pass through some sort of probation. The temple of honor ought to be seated on an eminence. If it be open through virtue, let it be remembered, too, that virtue is never tried but by some difficulty and some struggle. Edmund Burke
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Nothing so effectually deadens the taste of the sublime as that which is light and radiant. Edmund Burke
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One source of the sublime is infinity. 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. Edmund Burke
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Whatever is fitted in any sort to excite the ideas of pain, and danger, that is to say, whatever is in any sort terrible, or is conversant about terrible objects, or operates in a manner analogous to terror, is a source of the sublime; that is, it is productive of the strongest emotion which the mind is capable of feeling .... When danger or pain press too nearly, they are incapable of giving any delight, and [yet] with certain modifications, they may be, and they are delightful, as we every day experience. Edmund Burke
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In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things. Edmund Burke
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The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear. Edmund Burke
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The wisdom of our ancestors. Edmund Burke
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Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures. Edmund Burke
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Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke
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To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke
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Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. 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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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke
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There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations. Edmund Burke
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The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. Edmund Burke
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In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters,-that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations. Edmund Burke
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