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Edmund Burke
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Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free. Edmund Burke
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In on summer they have done their business... they have completely pulled down to the ground their monarchy, their church, their nobility, their law, their revenue, their army, their navy, their commerce, their arts, and their manufactures... destroyed all balances and counterpoises which serve to fix a state and give it steady direction, and then they melted down the whole into one incongrous mass of mob and democracy... the people, along with their political servitude, have thrown off the yoke of law and morals. Edmund Burke
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Those who attempt to level never equalize 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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Power gradually extirpates for the mind every humane and gentle virtue. 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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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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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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Nothing is so rash as fear; its counsels very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate the evils from which it would fly. 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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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
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The age of chivalry is gone.-That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever. Edmund Burke
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Dangers, by being despised, grow great. 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 greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Edmund Burke
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There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, "What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused. Edmund Burke
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I dread our own power and our own ambition; I dread our being too much dreaded....We may say that we shall not abuse this astonishing and hitherto unheard-of-power. But every other nation will think we shall abuse it. It is impossible but that, sooner or later, this state of things must produce a combination against us which may end in our ruin. Edmund Burke
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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 power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends the most to the perpetuation of society itself. Edmund Burke
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You will smile here at the consistency of those democratists who, when they are not on their guard, treat the humbler part of the community with the greatest contempt, whilst, at the same time they pretend to make them the depositories of all power. Edmund Burke
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The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary. Edmund Burke
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Beauty is the promise of happiness. Edmund Burke
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Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together. Edmund Burke
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The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth. Edmund Burke
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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. Edmund Burke
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By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. Edmund Burke
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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man. Edmund Burke
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There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. Edmund Burke
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A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Edmund Burke
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The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny. Edmund Burke
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Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls. Edmund Burke
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Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. Edmund Burke
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Tyrants seldom want pretexts. Edmund Burke
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To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. Edmund Burke
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The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Edmund Burke
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He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
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If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter. Edmund Burke
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Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement. No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. The cause of civil liberty and civil government gains as little as that of religion by this confusion of duties. 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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To govern according to the sense and agreement of the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of governance. 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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I decline the election. It has ever been my rule through life, to observe a proportion between my efforts and my objects. I have never been remarkable for a bold, active, and sanguine pursuit of advantages that are personal to myself. Edmund Burke
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An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. Edmund Burke
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The question is not whether you have a right to render people miserable, but whether it is not in your best interest to make them happy. Edmund Burke
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The method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best. Edmund Burke
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When any work seems to have required immense force and labor to effect it, the idea is grand. Edmund Burke
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No men can act with effect who do not act in concert; no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence; no men can act with confidence who are not bound together with common opinions, common affections, and common interests. Edmund Burke
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Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time. Edmund Burke
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Society is indeed a contract. Subordinate contracts for objects of mere occasional interest may be dissolved at pleasure - but the state ought not to be considered as nothing better than a partnership agreement in a trade of pepper and coffee, calico, or tobacco, or some other such low concern, to be taken up for a little temporary interest, and to be dissolved by the fancy of the parties. It is to be looked on with other reverence, because it is not a partnership in things subservient only to the gross animal existence of a temporary and perishable nature. Edmund Burke
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Good order is the foundation of all good things. Edmund Burke
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Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind. Edmund Burke
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