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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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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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He was bred to the law, which is, in my opinion, one of the first and noblest of human sciences; a science which does more to quicken and invigorate the understanding, than all the other kinds of learning put together; but it is not apt, except in persons very happily born, to open and liberalize the mind exactly in the same proportion. 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. We balance inconveniences; we give and take; we remit some rights, that we may enjoy others; and we choose rather to be happy citizens than subtle disputants. Edmund Burke
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It is said that twenty-four millions ought to prevail over two hundred thousand. True, if the constitution of a kingdom be a problem of arithmetic. 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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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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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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When any work seems to have required immense force and labor to effect it, the idea is grand. 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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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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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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An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. 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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The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis. 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 anything but power for their relief. Edmund Burke
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All those instances to be found in history, whether real or fabulous, of a doubtful public spirit, at which morality is perplexed, reason is staggered, and from which affrighted Nature recoils, are their chosen and almost sole examples for the instruction of their youth. Edmund Burke
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The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue. Edmund Burke
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By hating vices too much, they come to love men too little. Edmund Burke
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Education is a nation's cheapest defence Edmund Burke
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He was not merely a chip off the old block, but the old block itself. Edmund Burke
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We are in a war of a peculiar nature. It is not with an ordinary community, which is hostile or friendly as passion or as interest may veer about: not with a state which makes war through wantonness, and abandons it through lassitude. We are at war with a system, which by its essence, is inimical to all other governments, and which makes peace or war, as peace and war may best contribute to their subversion. It is with an armed doctrine that we are at war. It has, by its essence, a faction of opinion, and of interest, and of enthusiasm, in every country. Edmund Burke
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There is a wide difference between admiration and love. The sublime, which is the cause of the former, always dwells on great objects and terrible; the latter on small ones and pleasing; we submit to what we admire, but we love what submits to us: in one case we are forced, in the other, we are flattered, into compliance. Edmund Burke
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Is it in destroying and pulling down that skill is displayed? The shallowest understanding, the rudest hand, is more than equal to that task. Edmund Burke
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Curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections; it changes its object perpetually; it has an appetite which is very sharp, but very easily satisfied, and it has always an appearance of giddiness, restlessness and anxiety. Edmund Burke
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Despots govern by terror. They know that he who fears God fears nothing else; and therefore they eradicate from the mind, through their Voltaire, their Helvetius, and the rest of that infamous gang, that only sort of fear which generates true courage. Edmund Burke
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Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulations of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue; but it recommends virtue with something like the blandishments of pleasure, and it infinitely abates the evils of vice. Edmund Burke
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An extreme rigor is sure to arm everything against it. Edmund Burke
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The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from injustice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man. Edmund Burke
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Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting. Edmund Burke
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Power, in whatever hands, is rarely guilty of too strict limitations on itself. Edmund Burke
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The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success. Edmund Burke
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History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn. Edmund Burke
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Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe. Edmund Burke
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Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. Edmund Burke
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Liberty, without wisdom, is license. Edmund Burke
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When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer. Edmund Burke
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By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose the game, the chase is certainly of service. Edmund Burke
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Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow. Edmund Burke
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Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. Edmund Burke
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People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke
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We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen. Edmund Burke
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A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke
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No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
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Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel. Edmund Burke
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If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived. Edmund Burke
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I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people. Edmund Burke
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In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered. Edmund Burke
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Education is the cheap defence of nations. Edmund Burke
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Now, as a law directed against the mass of the nation has not the nature of a reasonable institution, so neither has it the authority: for in all forms of government the people is the true legislator; and whether the immediate and instrumental cause of the law be a single person or many, the remote and efficient cause is the consent of the people, either actual or implied ; and such consent is absolutely essential to its validity. Edmund Burke
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It is from this absolute indifference and tranquility of the mind, that mathematical speculations derive some of the most considerable advantages; because there is nothing to interest the imagination; because the judgment sits free and unbiased to examine the point. All proportions, every arrangement of quantity, is alike to the understanding, because the same truths result to it from all; from greater from lesser, from equality and inequality. Edmund Burke
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And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable. Edmund Burke
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Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations. 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 pains of others. Edmund Burke
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Deny them this participation of freedom, and you break that sole bond, which originally made, and must still preserve the unity of the empire. Edmund Burke
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