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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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No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity. 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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Dogs are indeed the most social, affectionate, and amiable animals of the whole brute creation... 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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Those who attempt to level never equalize 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dangers, by being despised, grow great. 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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Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs :by easy methods. 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. We are bought by the enemy with the treasure in our own coffers. Edmund Burke
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Nothing less will content me, than whole America. Edmund Burke
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Corrupt influence, which is itself the perennial spring of all prodigality, and of all disorder; which loads us, more than millions of debt; which takes away vigor from our arms, wisdom from our councils, and every shadow of authority and credit from the most venerable parts of our constitution. Edmund Burke
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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions, any bungler can add to the old. Edmund Burke
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Circumstances (which with some gentlemen pass for nothing) give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing colour, and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind. Edmund Burke
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Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment. 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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An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. Edmund Burke
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