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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old. Edmund Burke
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Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free. 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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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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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. 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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The public interest requires doing today those things that men of intelligence and good will would wish, five or ten years hence, had been done. 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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It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion. 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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There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives. Edmund Burke
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Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover. Edmund Burke
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England and Ireland may flourish together. The world is large enough for both of us. Let it be our care not to make ourselves too little for it. Edmund Burke
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Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle. 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 perfection of conversation is not to play a regular sonata, but, like the AEolian harp, to await the inspiration of the passing breeze. Edmund Burke
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Men are as much blinded by the extremes of misery as by the extremes of prosperity. Edmund Burke
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Obstinacy, sir, is certainly a great vice; and in the changeful state of political affairs it is frequently the cause of great mischief. It happens, however, very unfortunately, that almost the whole line of the great and masculine virtues-constancy, gravity, magnanimity, fortitude, fidelity, and firmness-are closely allied to this disagreeable quality, of which you have so just an abhorrence; and in their excess all these virtues very easily fall into it. Edmund Burke
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True religion is the foundation of society. When that is once shaken by contempt, the whole fabric cannot be stable nor lasting. Edmund Burke
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The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken. Edmund Burke
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It is very rare, indeed, for men to be wrong in their feelings concerning public misconduct; as rare to be right in their speculations upon the cause of it. I have constantly observed that the generality of people are fifty years, at least, behind in their politics. Edmund Burke
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Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause. Edmund Burke
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You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclining to superstition. Edmund Burke
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Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence. Edmund Burke
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Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves. Edmund Burke
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Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature. Edmund Burke
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Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary. 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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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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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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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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