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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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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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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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The grand instructor, time. 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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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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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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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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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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Evil succeeds when good men do nothing 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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Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-protected pursuit. 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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Evils we have had continually calling for reformation, and reformations more grievous than any evils. 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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