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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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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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Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow. 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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A coward's courage is in his tongue. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
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There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear. Edmund Burke
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The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own. Edmund Burke
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There never was a bad man that had ability for good service. Edmund Burke
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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
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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
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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
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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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Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America. 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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If we owned the property, we will be free and prosperous. If so they regain control, we will become poor 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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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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When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear. Edmund Burke
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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
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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
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Vice incapacitates a man from all public duty; it withers the powers of his under- standing, and makes his mind paralytic. 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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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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Turn over a new leaf. Edmund Burke
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The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections. 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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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
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He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. 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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