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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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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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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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A coward's courage is in his tongue. 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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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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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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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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Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray, to not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour. Edmund Burke
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War never leaves where it found a nation. Edmund Burke
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A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins justice ends? Edmund Burke
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Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure. Edmund Burke
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Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Edmund Burke
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All men have equal rights, but not to equal things. 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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When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads. Edmund Burke
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My good friends, while I do most earnestly recommend you to take care of your health and safety, as things most precious to us, I would not have that care degenerate into an effeminate and over-curious attention, which is always disgraceful to a man's self, and often troublesome to others. Edmund Burke
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The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling for others but from an over-sensibilit y for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires Edmund Burke
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Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies. Edmund Burke
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The tribunal of conscience exists independent of edicts and decrees. Edmund Burke
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Contempt is not a thing to be despised. It may be borne with a calm and equal mind, but no man, by lifting his head high, can pretend that he does not perceive the scorns that are poured down on him from above. Edmund Burke
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The esteem of wise and good men is the greatest of all temporal encouragements to virtue; and it is a mark of an abandoned spirit to have no regard to it. Edmund Burke
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There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions than they would be by the perfidy of others. Edmund Burke
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The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them. Edmund Burke
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By the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race, the whole, at one time, is never old, or middle-aged, or young; but, in a condition of unchangeable constancy, moves on through the varied tenor of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progression. Edmund Burke
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Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles. Edmund Burke
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Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity. Edmund Burke
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If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts. Edmund Burke
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Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not the occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear. Edmund Burke
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All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing as they must if they believe they can do nothing. There is nothing worse because the council of despair is declaration of irresponsibility; it is Pilate washing his hands. Edmund Burke
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For there is in mankind an unfortunate propensity to make themselves, their views and their works, the measure of excellence in every thing whatsoever Edmund Burke
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The superfluities of a rich nation furnish a better object of trade than the necessities of a poor one. It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke
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The same sun which gilds all nature, and exhilarates the whole creation, does not shine upon disappointed ambition. Edmund Burke
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Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. Edmund Burke
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No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. Edmund Burke
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Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America. Edmund Burke
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We must soften into a credulity below the milkiness of infancy to think all men virtuous. We must be tainted with a malignity truly diabolical, to believe all the world to be equally wicked and corrupt. Edmund Burke
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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Edmund Burke
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Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. Edmund Burke
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I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that in no branch of his business , after tracts of popular devotion, were so many books as those on the law exported to the Plantations . Edmund Burke
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Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist. Edmund Burke
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It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke
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Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government. Edmund Burke
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Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. Edmund Burke
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Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits. Edmund Burke
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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke
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Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Edmund Burke
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All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice. Edmund Burke
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It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs. Edmund Burke
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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions, any bungler can add to the old; but to is altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them? Edmund Burke
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General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged, now or at any time. They are always provoked. Edmund Burke
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The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders - these are the masters of victory. Edmund Burke
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Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke
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To innovate is not to reform. The French revolutionists complained of everything; they refused to reform anything, and they left nothing, no, nothing at all, unchanged. 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 in. They give their whole form and color to our lives. Edmund Burke
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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity. 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. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke
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A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins, justice ends? Edmund Burke
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So to be patriots as not to forget we are gentlemen. Edmund Burke
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Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. Edmund Burke
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Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security. Edmund Burke
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Turn over a new leaf. Edmund Burke
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