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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

Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations. Edmund Burke

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

Deny them this participation of freedom, and you break that sole bond, which originally made, and must still preserve the unity of the empire.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

That chastity of honour which felt a stain like a wound. Edmund Burke

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

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it. Edmund Burke

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

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

Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind. Edmund Burke

The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves. Edmund Burke

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel. Edmund Burke

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

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people. Edmund Burke

We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen. Edmund Burke

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

The same sun which gilds all nature, and exhilarates the whole creation, does not shine upon disappointed ambition. Edmund Burke

Corrupt influence is itself the perennial spring of all prodigality, and of all disorder; it loads us more than millions of debt; 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

To give freedom is still more easy. It is not necessary to guide; it only requires to let go the rein. But to form a free government; that is, to temper together these opposite elements of liberty and restraint in one work, requires much thought, deep reflection, a sagacious, powerful, and combining mind. Edmund Burke

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

No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity. Edmund Burke

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

The conduct of a losing party never appears right: at least it never can possess the only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar judgements-success. Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity. Edmund Burke

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

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

General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged, now or at any time. They are always provoked. Edmund Burke

The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blenches, the thought that never wanders - these are the masters of victory. Edmund Burke

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

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear. Edmund Burke

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own. Edmund Burke

There never was a bad man that had ability for good service. Edmund Burke

All men have equal rights, but not to equal things. Edmund Burke

In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered. Edmund Burke

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

Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure. Edmund Burke

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Edmund Burke

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

I cannot conceive how any man can have brought himself to that pitch of presumption, to consider his country as nothing but carte blanche, upon which he may scribble whatever he pleases. Edmund Burke

Among precautions against ambition, it may not be amiss to take precautions against our own. I must fairly say, I dread our own power and our own ambition: I dread our being too much dreaded. Edmund Burke

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

Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies. Edmund Burke

The tribunal of conscience exists independent of edicts and decrees. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them. Edmund Burke

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

Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles. Edmund Burke

Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

It is an advantage to all narrow wisdom and narrow morals that their maxims have a plausible air; and, on a cursory view, appear equal to first principles. They are light and portable. They are as current as copper coin; and about as valuable. Edmund Burke

Vice incapacitates a man from all public duty; it withers the powers of his under- standing, and makes his mind paralytic. Edmund Burke

If we owned the property, we will be free and prosperous. If so they regain control, we will become poor Edmund Burke

When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear. Edmund Burke

The love of lucre, though sometimes carried to a ridiculous excess, a vicious excess, is the grand cause of prosperity to all States. Edmund Burke

He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke

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

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

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

So to be patriots as not to forget we are gentlemen. Edmund Burke

Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. Edmund Burke

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security. Edmund Burke

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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