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Edmund Burke
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The men of England - the men, I mean of light and leading in England. Edmund Burke
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Man is by his constitution a religious animal. Edmund Burke
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The most favourable laws can do very little towards the happiness of people when the disposition of the ruling power is adverse to them. Edmund Burke
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I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard than in the tomb of the Capulets. Edmund Burke
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My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron. Edmund Burke
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All wealth is power, so power must infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other. Edmund Burke
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Knowledge of those unalterable Relations which Providence has ordained that every thing should bear to every other...To these we should conform in good Earnest; and not think to force Nature, and the whole Order of her System, by a Compliance with our Pride, and Folly, to conform to our artificial Regulations. Edmund Burke
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Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite. Edmund Burke
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Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together. Edmund Burke
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The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right. Edmund Burke
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A great empire and little minds go ill together. Edmund Burke
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A man is allowed sufficient freedom of thought, provided he knows how to choose his subject properly.... But the scene is changed as you come homeward, and atheism or treason may be the names given in Britain to what would be reason and truth if asserted in China. Edmund Burke
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Here this extraordinary man [Charles Townsend], then Chancellor of the Exchequer, found himself in great straits. To please universally was the object of his life; but to tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. However he attempted it. Edmund Burke
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The moment you abate anything from the full rights of men each to govern himself, and suffer any artificial positive limitation upon those rights, from that moment the whole organization of government becomes a consideration of convenience. Edmund Burke
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It is undoubtedly true, though it may seem paradoxical, - but, in general, those who are habitually employed in finding and displaying faults are unqualified for the work of reformation. Edmund Burke
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The whole compass of the language is tried to find sinonimies [synonyms] and circumlocutions for massacres and murder. Things never called by their common names. Massacre is sometimes called agitation, sometimes effervescence, sometimes excess sometimes too continued an exercise of revolutionary power. Edmund Burke
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Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety. Edmund Burke
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The traveller has reached the end of the journey! Edmund Burke
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Education is the cheap defense of nations. Edmund Burke
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It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke
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If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue. Edmund Burke
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Continue to instruct the world; and - whilst we carry on a poor unequal conflict with the passions and prejudices of our day, perhaps with no better weapons than other passions and prejudices of our own - convey wisdom to future generations. Edmund Burke
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There is a sort of enthusiasm in all projectors, absolutely necessary for their affairs, which makes them proof against the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, the most shocking insults; and, what is severer than all, the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant upon their designs. Edmund Burke
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Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security. Edmund Burke
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Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness. Edmund Burke
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My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty. Edmund Burke
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Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. Edmund Burke
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Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it. Edmund Burke
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Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation.You choose a Member indeed; but when you have chosen him, heisnotthe Member for Bristol, but heisa Member of Parliament. Edmund Burke
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Man is by his constitution a religious animal; atheism is against not only our reason, but our instincts. Edmund Burke
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Nothing less will content me, than wholeAmerica. Edmund Burke
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Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. Edmund Burke
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Power gradually extirpates for the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Edmund Burke
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Who can know her, and himself, and entertain much hope? Who can see and know such a creature, and not love her to distraction? She has all the softness that does not imply weakness... she is not made to be the admiration of everybody, but the happiness of one. Edmund Burke
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All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing. Edmund Burke
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The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of the wisdom of Him who made it. Edmund Burke
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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. Edmund Burke
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Parliament is a deliberate assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purpose, not local prejudices ought to guide but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. Edmund Burke
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Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites...in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. 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. 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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The pride of men will not often suffer reason to have scope until it can be no longer of service. Edmund Burke
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Surely the church is a place where one day's truce ought to be allowed to the dissensions and animosities of mankind. Edmund Burke
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I cannot help concurring with the opinion that an absolute democracy, no more than absolute monarchy, is to be reckoned among the legitimate forms of government. Edmund Burke
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Old religious factions are volcanoes burned out; on the lava and ashes and squalid scoriae of old eruptions grow the peaceful olive, the cheering vine and the sustaining corn. Edmund Burke
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Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty. Edmund Burke
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Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations. Edmund Burke
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I do ride contend against the advantages of distrust. In the world we live in, it is but too necessary. Some of old called it the very sinews of discretion. Edmund Burke
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To be struck with His power, it is only necessary to open our eyes. Edmund Burke
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Unsociable humors are contracted in solitude, which will, in the end, not fail of corrupting the understanding as well as the manners, and of utterly disqualifying a man for the satisfactions and duties of life. Men must be taken as they are, and we neither make them or ourselves better by flying from or quarreling with them. Edmund Burke
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Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition. Edmund Burke
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Virtue will catch as well as vice by contact; and the public stock of honest manly principle will daily accumulate. We are not too nicely to scrutinize motives as long as action is irreproachable. It is enough (and for a worthy man perhaps too much) to deal out its infamy to convicted guilt and declared apostasy. Edmund Burke
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The blood of man should never be shed but to redeem the blood of man. It is well shed for our family, for our friends, for our God, for our country, for our kind. The rest is vanity; the rest is crime. 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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When you find me attempting to break into your house to take your plate, under any pretence whatsoever, but most of all under pretence of purity of religion and Christian charity shoot me for a robber and a hypocrite, as in that case I shall certainly be. Edmund Burke
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A kind Providence has placed in our breasts a hatred of the unjust and cruel, in order that we may preserve ourselves from cruelty and injustice. They who bear cruelty, are accomplices in it. The pretended gentleness which excludes that charitable rancour, produces an indifference which is half an approbation. They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate. Edmund Burke
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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
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Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke
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The people of England well know that the idea of inheritance furnishes a sure principle of conservation and a sure principle of transmission, without at all excluding a principle of improvement. Edmund Burke
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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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While shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished from the heart. Edmund Burke
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There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. Edmund Burke
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He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself. Edmund Burke
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Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to any thing but power for their relief. Edmund Burke
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There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feeling; none when they are under the influence of imagination. Edmund Burke
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Young man, 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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Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition. Edmund Burke
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Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have limits. Edmund Burke
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Vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness. Edmund Burke
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Hypocrisy, of course, delights in the most sublime speculations; for, never intending to go beyond speculation, it costs nothing to have it magnificent. Edmund Burke
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A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival. Edmund Burke
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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old. Edmund Burke
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