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Edmund Burke Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Edmund Burke

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- 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

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

 

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
- Edmund Burke

When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall one by one,
an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past.
- Edmund Burke

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There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings;
but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
- Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly
extinguished in the heart;
nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
- Edmund Burke

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

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- Edmund Burke

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
- Edmund Burke

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

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

Circumstances give in reality to every political principle
its distinguishing color and discriminating effect.
The circumstances are what render every civil and political
scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
- Edmund Burke

To innovate is not to reform.
- Edmund Burke

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Edmund Burke

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition,
men have at all times, and in all countries,
called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -
wine,
beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
- Edmund Burke

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
- Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

The march of the human mind is slow.
- Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
- Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
- Edmund Burke

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law,
the law of our Creator, the law of humanity,
justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
- Edmund Burke

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended
by the observations of those who were much inferior
in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
- Edmund Burke

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
- Edmund Burke

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows,
and of lending existence to nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom;
and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
- Edmund Burke

But the age of chivalry is gone.
That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded;
and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
- Edmund Burke

Your representative owes you, not his industry only,
but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving
you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- Edmund Burke

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
- Edmund Burke

Patience will achieve more than force.
- Edmund Burke

Good order is the foundation of all things.
- Edmund Burke

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
- Edmund Burke

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest
complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
- Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
- Edmund Burke

The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him;
he indulges it,
he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain,
which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.
- Edmund Burke

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win
in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
- Edmund Burke

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise,
is not given to men.
- Edmund Burke

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
- Edmund Burke

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- Edmund Burke

All human laws are, properly speaking,
only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
- Edmund Burke

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders
at an auction of popularity,
their talents, in the construction of the state,
will be of no service.
They will become flatterers instead of legislators;
the instruments,
not the guides, of the people.
- Edmund Burke

We must all obey the great law of change.
It is the most powerful law of nature.
- Edmund Burke

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
- Edmund Burke

In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination;
to give a direction,
a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction,
to the general sense of the community,
is the true end of legislature.
- Edmund Burke

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue?
It is the greatest of all possible evils;
for it is folly,
vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
- Edmund Burke

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
- Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice,
neither, in my opinion, is safe.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- Edmund Burke

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please:
we ought to see what it will please them to do,
before we risk congratulations.
- Edmund Burke

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that
men discover their real temper,
principles, and designs.
- 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

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- 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

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free;
if our wealth commands us,
we are poor indeed.
- Edmund Burke

What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
- Edmund Burke


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