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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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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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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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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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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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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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When any work seems to have required immense force and labor to effect it, the idea is grand. 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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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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Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind. Edmund Burke
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The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves. 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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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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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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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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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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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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The liberty I mean is social freedom. It is that state of things in which liberty is secured by the equality of restraint. A constitution of things in which the liberty of no one man, and no body of men, and no number of men, can find means to trespass on the liberty of any person, or any description of persons, in the society. This kind of liberty is, indeed, but another name for justice. 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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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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