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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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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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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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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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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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An event had happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. 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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Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. 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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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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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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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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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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Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. 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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But whoever is a genuine follower of Truth, keeps his eye steady upon his guide, indifferent whither he is led, provided that she is the leader. 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 true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. Edmund Burke
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Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones. Edmund Burke
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Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants. Edmund Burke
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But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Edmund Burke
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To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke
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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
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Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke
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Custom reconciles us to everything. 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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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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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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Neither the few nor the many have a right to act merely by their will, in any matter connected with duty, trust, engagement, or obligation. Edmund Burke
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Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out. Edmund Burke
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"War," says Machiavelli, "ought to be the only study of a prince;" and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. "He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. "A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature. 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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