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Edmund Burke
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A great empire and little minds go ill together. Edmund Burke

Man is by his constitution a religious animal. Edmund Burke

They [Americans] augur misgovernment at a distance and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze. Edmund Burke

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

A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood. Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to every thing. Edmund Burke

When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren. Edmund Burke

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

The men of England - the men, I mean of light and leading in England. Edmund Burke

Good order is the foundation of all things. Edmund Burke

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Edmund Burke

Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite. Edmund Burke

Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together. Edmund Burke

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

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety. Edmund Burke

The traveller has reached the end of the journey! Edmund Burke

Education is the cheap defense of nations. Edmund Burke

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue. Edmund Burke

He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one. Edmund Burke

The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise isgone! it isgone, that sensibility of principle, that chastity of honour, which felt a stain like a wound, which ennobled whatever it touched, and under which vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness. Edmund Burke

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

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security. Edmund Burke

Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness. Edmund Burke

My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty. Edmund Burke

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. Edmund Burke

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

As mankind becomes more enlightened to know their real interests, they will esteem the value of agriculture; they will find it in their natural-their destined occupation. Edmund Burke

All government - indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act - is founded on compromise and barter. Edmund Burke

Power gradually extirpates for the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Edmund Burke

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

All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing. Edmund Burke

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

The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion. Edmund Burke

Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static. Edmund Burke

All the forces of darkness need to succeed ... is for the people to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old. Edmund Burke

Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free. Edmund Burke

The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle. Edmund Burke

Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own. Edmund Burke

In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute. Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny. Edmund Burke

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

If any ask me what a free government is, I answer that, for any particular purpose, it is what the people think so. Edmund Burke

True humility - the basis of the Christian system - is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues. Edmund Burke

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

While shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished from the heart. Edmund Burke

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

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

Dogs are indeed the most social, affectionate, and amiable animals of the whole brute creation... Edmund Burke

Those who attempt to level never equalize Edmund Burke

No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity. Edmund Burke

Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years. Edmund Burke

Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding. Edmund Burke

In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. Edmund Burke

Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition. Edmund Burke

The science of constructing a commonwealth or renovating it, or reforming it, is...not to be taught a priori...That which in the first instance is prejudicial may be excellent in its remoter operation, and its excellence may rise even from the ill effects it produces in the beginning. The reverse also happens; and very plausible schemes, with very pleasing commencements, have often shameful and lamentable conclusions. Edmund Burke

The pride of men will not often suffer reason to have scope until it can be no longer of service. Edmund Burke

Surely the church is a place where one day's truce ought to be allowed to the dissensions and animosities of mankind. Edmund Burke

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

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

Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty. Edmund Burke

Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations. Edmund Burke

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

To be struck with His power, it is only necessary to open our eyes. Edmund Burke

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

Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition. Edmund Burke

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

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

I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others Edmund Burke



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