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Deny them this participation of freedom, and you break that sole bond, which originally made, and must still preserve the unity of the empire.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