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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

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

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

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

A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival. Edmund Burke

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

Dangers, by being despised, grow great. Edmund Burke

There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. Edmund Burke

He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself. Edmund Burke

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

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feeling; none when they are under the influence of imagination. Edmund Burke

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

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

Frugality is founded on the principle that all riches have limits. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke

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

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. Edmund Burke

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke

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

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good. Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty. Edmund Burke

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

To innovate is not to reform. Edmund Burke

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

Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it. Edmund Burke

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

Man is by his constitution a religious animal; atheism is against not only our reason, but our instincts. Edmund Burke

Nothing less will content me, than wholeAmerica. Edmund Burke

Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. Edmund Burke

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

Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

Good order is the foundation of all good things. Edmund Burke

Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves. Edmund Burke

Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature. Edmund Burke

An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. Edmund Burke

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

A true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs :by easy methods. Edmund Burke

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers. Edmund Burke

They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate. Edmund Burke

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

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

The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

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

Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle. Edmund Burke

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

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

Men are as much blinded by the extremes of misery as by the extremes of prosperity. Edmund Burke

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

True religion is the foundation of society. When that is once shaken by contempt, the whole fabric cannot be stable nor lasting. Edmund Burke

The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken. Edmund Burke

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

Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause. Edmund Burke

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

Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence. Edmund Burke

Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover. Edmund Burke

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

The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little. Edmund Burke



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