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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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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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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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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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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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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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The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little. 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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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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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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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 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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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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We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen. Edmund Burke
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To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed toward a love to our country and to mankind. The interest of that portion of social arrangement is a trust in the hands of all those who compose it; and as none but bad men would justify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their own personal advantage. Edmund Burke
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Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all. Edmund Burke
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Contempt is not a thing to be despised. Edmund Burke
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War never leaves where it found a nation. Edmund Burke
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Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. On the due digestion of the former depend the strength and wisdom of the one, just as vigor and health depend on the other. The wisest in council, the ablest in debate, and the most agreeable companion in the commerce of human life, is that man who has assimilated to his understanding the greatest number of facts. 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 theworks 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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Society is indeed a contract. ... It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. 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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People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. 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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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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In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed, and the boldest staggered. Edmund Burke
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I set out with a perfect distrust of my own abilities, a total renunciation of every speculation of my own, and with a profound reverence for the wisdom of our ancestors, who have left us the inheritance of so happy a Constitution and so flourishing an empire, and, what is a thousand times more valuable, the treasury of the maxims and principles which formed the one and obtained the other. 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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That chastity of honour which felt a stain like a wound. Edmund Burke
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The wise will determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable from sensibility to oppression; the high-minded from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands. Edmund Burke
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Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke
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I do not know how to wish success to those whose Victory is to separate from us a large and noble part of our Empire. Still less do I wish success to injustice, oppression and absurdity. 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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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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