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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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A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood. Edmund Burke
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Custom reconciles us to every thing. Edmund Burke
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When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren. 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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The men of England - the men, I mean of light and leading in England. Edmund Burke
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What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue! Edmund Burke
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The only kind of sublimity which a painter or sculptor should aim at is to express by certain proportions and positions of limbs and features that strength and dignity of mind, and vigor and activity of body, which enables men to conceive and execute great actions. Edmund Burke
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There are circumstances in which despair does not imply inactivity. Edmund Burke
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The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted. Edmund Burke
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It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more effectually, but more pleasantly. Edmund Burke
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The parties are the gamesters; but government keeps the table, and is sure to be the winner in the end. Edmund Burke
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I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible. Edmund Burke
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Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume. Edmund Burke
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Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy. If parsimony were to be considered as one of the kinds of that virtue, there is, however, another and a higher economy. Economy is a distinctive virtue, and consists not in saving, but in selection. Edmund Burke
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Refined policy ever has been the parent of confusion, and ever will be so as long as the world endures. Plain good intention, which is as easily discovered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at last, is of no mean force in the government of mankind. Edmund Burke
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I consider how little man is, yet, in his own mind, how great. He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything. Edmund Burke
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Falsehood and delusion are allowed in no case whatever; but, as in the exercise of all the virtues, there is an economy of truth. It is a sort of temperance, by which a man speaks truth with measure, that he may speak it the longer. 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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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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To reach the height of our ambition is like trying to reach the rainbow; as we advance it recedes. 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 nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory. 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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No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity. Edmund Burke
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Dogs are indeed the most social, affectionate, and amiable animals of the whole brute creation... 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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If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. Edmund Burke
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We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke
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Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all. Edmund Burke
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Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke
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One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good. Edmund Burke
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Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. Edmund Burke
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Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty. Edmund Burke
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In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature. Edmund Burke
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To innovate is not to reform. Edmund Burke
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He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls. 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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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. Edmund Burke
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Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition. Edmund Burke
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival. 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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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
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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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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
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Whenever our neighbor'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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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
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Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny. 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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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
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True humility - the basis of the Christian system - is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues. 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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Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static. Edmund Burke
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All the forces of darkness need to succeed ... is for the people to do nothing. 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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