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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
by Edmund Burke

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

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

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

 

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

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

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

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

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve,
taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- Edmund Burke

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
- Edmund Burke

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises,
for never intending to go beyond promise,
it costs nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- 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

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society;
and any eminent departure from it,
under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

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

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth
should be found everywhere.
- Edmund Burke

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

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
- Edmund Burke

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

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

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
- Edmund Burke

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

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

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

Mere parsimony is not economy.
Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
- Edmund Burke

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
- Edmund Burke

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind,
is curiosity.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- 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

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment,
every virtue, and every prudent act,
is founded on compromise and barter.
- 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

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

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- 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

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

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

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

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

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do;
but what humanity,
reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
- Edmund Burke

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

Applause is the spur of noble minds,
the end and aim of weak ones.
- Edmund Burke


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