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Quotes by Edmund Burke

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Wikipedia Summary for Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke (12 January [NS] 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, economist, and philosopher. Born in Dublin, Burke served as a member of parliament (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party after moving to London in 1750.

Burke was a proponent of underpinning virtues with manners in society and of the importance of religious institutions for the moral stability and good of the state. These views were expressed in his A Vindication of Natural Society. He criticised the actions of the British government towards the American colonies, including its taxation policies. Burke also supported the rights of the colonists to resist metropolitan authority, although he opposed the attempt to achieve independence. He is remembered for his support for Catholic emancipation, the impeachment of Warren Hastings from the East India Company, and his staunch opposition to the French Revolution.

In his Reflections on the Revolution in France, Burke asserted that the revolution was destroying the fabric of good society and traditional institutions of state and society and condemned the persecution of the Catholic Church that resulted from it. This led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig Party which he dubbed the Old Whigs as opposed to the pro–French Revolution New Whigs led by Charles James Fox.

In the 19th century, Burke was praised by both conservatives and liberals. Subsequently in the 20th century, he became widely regarded as the philosophical founder of modern conservatism.

Quote: Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of green fruit in macro lens photography
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Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another.


Quote: I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of green battle tank on green grass field during daytime
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I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.


Quote: It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of yellow sunflower in glass vase
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It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.


Quote: Our patience will achieve more than our force. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of bare tree on mountain during sunset
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Our patience will achieve more than our force.


Quote: Nothing in progress can rest on its original plan. We might as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Nothing in progress can rest on its original plan. We might as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.


Quote: Nothing is so rash as fear; its counsels very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate the evils from which it would fly. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Nothing is so rash as fear; its counsels very rarely put off, whilst they are always sure to aggravate the evils from which it would fly.


Quote: Death is natural to a man, but slavery unnatural; and the moment you strip a man of his liberty you strip him of all his virtues: you convert his heart into a dark hole, in which all the vices conspire against you. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Death is natural to a man, but slavery unnatural; and the moment you strip a man of his liberty you strip him of all his virtues: you convert his heart into a dark hole, in which all the vices conspire against you.


Quote: The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality.


Quote: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.


Quote: A representative owes not just his industry but his judgement. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A representative owes not just his industry but his judgement.


Quote: Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.


Quote: Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur.


Quote: Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion.


Quote: Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies.


Quote: Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.


Quote: Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style.


Quote: What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence.


Quote: Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners and civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Our manners, our civilization, and all the good things connected with manners and civilization, have, in this European world of ours, depended for ages upon two principles: I mean the spirit of a gentleman, and the spirit of religion.


Quote: Contempt is not a thing to be despised. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Contempt is not a thing to be despised.


Quote: A coward's courage is in his tongue. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A coward's courage is in his tongue.


Quote: The earth, the kind and equal mother of all ought not to be monopolised to foster the pride and luxury of any men. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The earth, the kind and equal mother of all ought not to be monopolised to foster the pride and luxury of any men.


Quote: All men have equal rights, but not to equal things. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static.


Quote: Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.


Quote: Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Flattery is no more than what raises in a man's mind an idea of a preference which he has not.


Quote: Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science.


Quote: Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Gambling is a principle inherent in human nature.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles.


Quote: Refined policy ever has been the parent of confusion, and ever will be so as long as the world endures. Plain good intention, which is as easily discovered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at last, is of no mean force in the government of mankind. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Refined policy ever has been the parent of confusion, and ever will be so as long as the world endures. Plain good intention, which is as easily discovered at the first view as fraud is surely detected at last, is of no mean force in the government of mankind.


Quote: But whoever is a genuine follower of Truth, keeps his eye steady upon his guide, indifferent whither he is led, provided that she is the leader. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

But whoever is a genuine follower of Truth, keeps his eye steady upon his guide, indifferent whither he is led, provided that she is the leader.


Quote: It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more effectually, but more pleasantly. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more effectually, but more pleasantly.


Quote: We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.


Quote: Fraud is the ready minister of injustice. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.




Quote: I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.


Quote: I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others.


Quote: The only training for the heroic is the mundane. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The only training for the heroic is the mundane.


Quote: That great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

That great chain of causes, which, linking one to another, even to the throne of God Himself, can never be unraveled by any industry of ours.


Quote: Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting.


Quote: Religion, to have any force upon men's understandings, -- indeed, to exist at all, -- must be supposed paramount to law, and independent for its substance upon any human institution, else it would be the absurdest thing in the world, -- an acknowledged cheat. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Religion, to have any force upon men's understandings, -- indeed, to exist at all, -- must be supposed paramount to law, and independent for its substance upon any human institution, else it would be the absurdest thing in the world, -- an acknowledged cheat.


Quote: Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.




Quote: A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.


Quote: If we owned the property, we will be free and prosperous. If so they regain control, we will become poor. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-protected pursuit. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-protected pursuit.


Quote: They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.


Quote: Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man's right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man's right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without.- black text on quotes background

Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man's right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without.


Quote: I consider how little man is, yet, in his own mind, how great. He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I consider how little man is, yet, in his own mind, how great. He is lord and master of all things, yet scarce can command anything.


Quote: The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.


Quote: Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy.


Quote: The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The very name of a politician, a statesman, is sure to cause terror and hatred; it has always connected with it the ideas of treachery, cruelty, fraud, and tyranny.


Quote: To speak of atrocious crime in mild language is treason to virtue. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

To speak of atrocious crime in mild language is treason to virtue.


Quote: The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The grave is a common treasury, to which we must all be taken.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: That cardinal virtue, temperance. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

That cardinal virtue, temperance.


Quote: I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either.


Quote: Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.


Quote: Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Though ugliness be the opposite of beauty, it is not the opposite to proportion and fitness; for it is possible that a thing may be very ugly with any proportions, and with a perfect fitness for any use.




Quote: Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal.


Quote: Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.


Quote: To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.


Quote: Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.


Quote: Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America.


Quote: Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Religion is the basis of civil society, and the source of all good and of all comfort.


Quote: He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one.


Quote: No men can act with effect who do not act in concert; no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence; no men can act with confidence who are not bound together with common opinions, common affections, and common interests. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

No men can act with effect who do not act in concert; no men can act in concert who do not act with confidence; no men can act with confidence who are not bound together with common opinions, common affections, and common interests.


Quote: It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention.- black text on quotes background

It ought to be the happiness and glory of a representative to live in the strictest union, the closest correspondence, and the most unreserved communication with his constituents. Their wishes ought to have great weight with him; their opinion, high respect; their business, unremitted attention.


Quote: Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.


Quote: Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity.


Quote: Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents of a country against its property. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents of a country against its property.


Quote: It is known that the taste -- whatever it is -- is improved exactly as we improve our judgment, by extending our knowledge, by a steady attention to our object, and by frequent exercise. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

It is known that the taste -- whatever it is -- is improved exactly as we improve our judgment, by extending our knowledge, by a steady attention to our object, and by frequent exercise.


Quote: Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.


Quote: To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind.


Quote: In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters, -- that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters, -- that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.


Quote: We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.


Quote: Their resistance was made to concession; their revolt was from protection; their blow was aimed at a hand holding out graces, favours, and immunities. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Their resistance was made to concession; their revolt was from protection; their blow was aimed at a hand holding out graces, favours, and immunities.


Quote: Government is the exercise of all the great qualities of the human mind. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Government is the exercise of all the great qualities of the human mind.


Quote: The wise 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The wise 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.


Quote: The love of lucre, though sometimes carried to a ridiculous excess, a vicious excess, is the grand cause of prosperity to all States. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: It is better to cherish virtue and humanity, by leaving much to free will, even with some loss of the object , than to attempt to make men mere machines and instruments of political benevolence. The world on the whole will gain by a liberty, without which virtue cannot exist. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote; white text on black background

It is better to cherish virtue and humanity, by leaving much to free will, even with some loss of the object , than to attempt to make men mere machines and instruments of political benevolence. The world on the whole will gain by a liberty, without which virtue cannot exist.


Quote: All government is founded on compromise and banter. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

All government is founded on compromise and banter.


Quote: History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.


Quote: Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom.


Quote: There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.


Quote: When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing.


Quote: Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another.


Quote: Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.


Quote: I cannot help concurring with the opinion that an absolute democracy, no more than absolute monarchy, is to be reckoned among the legitimate forms of government. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I cannot help concurring with the opinion that an absolute democracy, no more than absolute monarchy, is to be reckoned among the legitimate forms of government.


Quote: There never was a bad man that had ability for good service. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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




Quote: I own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will cause innumerable broils, place men in what situation you please. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I own that there is a haughtiness and fierceness in human nature which will cause innumerable broils, place men in what situation you please.


Quote: The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from injustice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The poorest being that crawls on earth, contending to save itself from injustice and oppression, is an object respectable in the eyes of God and man.


Quote: The grand instructor, time. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The grand instructor, time.




Quote: You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe.


Quote: Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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




Quote: Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation.You choose a Member indeed; but when you have chosen him, heisnotthe Member for Bristol, but heisa Member of Parliament. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation.You choose a Member indeed; but when you have chosen him, heisnotthe Member for Bristol, but heisa Member of Parliament.


Quote: Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites…in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.


Quote: If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter.


Quote: Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman.


Quote: In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function.


Quote: 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 hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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 hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous.


Quote: 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 . by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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 .


Quote: Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order.




Quote: When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The nature of things is, I admit, a sturdy adversary.


Quote: To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Laws are commanded to hold their tongues among arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.


Quote: Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out.


Quote: The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.


Quote: Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled.


Quote: A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.


Quote: Water and oil, simply considered, are capable of giving some pleasure to the taste. Water, when simple, is insipid, inodorous, colorless, and smooth; it is found, when not cold, to be a great resolver of spasms, and lubricator of the fibres; this power it probably owes to its smoothness. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: Water and oil, simply considered, are capable of giving some pleasure to the taste. Water, when simple, is insipid, inodorous, colorless, and smooth; it is found, when not cold, to be a great resolver of spasms, and lubricator of the fibres; this power it probably owes to its smoothness.- black text on quotes background

Water and oil, simply considered, are capable of giving some pleasure to the taste. Water, when simple, is insipid, inodorous, colorless, and smooth; it is found, when not cold, to be a great resolver of spasms, and lubricator of the fibres; this power it probably owes to its smoothness.


Quote: Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.


Quote: A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined.


Quote: My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron.


Quote: Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.


Quote: Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: A great empire and little minds go ill together. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A great empire and little minds go ill together.


Quote: There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote; white text on black background

There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: For my part, I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

For my part, I am convinced that the method of teaching which approaches most nearly to the method of investigation is incomparably the best; since, not content with serving up a few barren and lifeless truths, it leads to the stock on which they grew.


Quote: There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to acomplish, both in the natural and moral world. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to acomplish, both in the natural and moral world.


Quote: Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations.


Quote: A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.


Quote: In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: I am not one of those who think that the people are never in the wrong. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favour of the people. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: I am not one of those who think that the people are never in the wrong. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favour of the people.- black text on quotes background

I am not one of those who think that the people are never in the wrong. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favour of the people.


Quote: When you find me attempting to break into your house to take your plate, under any pretence whatsoever, but most of all under pretence of purity of religion and Christian charity shoot me for a robber and a hypocrite, as in that case I shall certainly be. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

When you find me attempting to break into your house to take your plate, under any pretence whatsoever, but most of all under pretence of purity of religion and Christian charity shoot me for a robber and a hypocrite, as in that case I shall certainly be.


Quote: General rebellions and revolts of a whole people never were encouraged now or at any time. They are always provoked. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: The great difference between the real leader and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day, and acts upon expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for the immortality. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The great difference between the real leader and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day, and acts upon expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for the immortality.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.




Quote: Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he has a right to do for himself; and he has a right to a fair portion of all which society, with all it combinations of skill and force, can do in his favor. In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he has a right to do for himself; and he has a right to a fair portion of all which society, with all it combinations of skill and force, can do in his favor. In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things.- black text on quotes background

Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing upon others, he has a right to do for himself; and he has a right to a fair portion of all which society, with all it combinations of skill and force, can do in his favor. In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things.


Quote: It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength.


Quote: The public interest requires doing today those things that men of intelligence and good will would wish, five or ten years hence, had been done. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The public interest requires doing today those things that men of intelligence and good will would wish, five or ten years hence, had been done.


Quote: Evils we have had continually calling for reformation, and reformations more grievous than any evils. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Evils we have had continually calling for reformation, and reformations more grievous than any evils.


Quote: For there is in mankind an unfortunate propensity to make themselves, their views and their works, the measure of excellence in every thing whatsoever. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

For there is in mankind an unfortunate propensity to make themselves, their views and their works, the measure of excellence in every thing whatsoever.


Quote: All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: All those instances to be found in history, whether real or fabulous, of a doubtful public spirit, at which morality is perplexed, reason is staggered, and from which affrighted Nature recoils, are their chosen and almost sole examples for the instruction of their youth. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote; white text on black background

All those instances to be found in history, whether real or fabulous, of a doubtful public spirit, at which morality is perplexed, reason is staggered, and from which affrighted Nature recoils, are their chosen and almost sole examples for the instruction of their youth.


Quote: Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but in selection. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but in selection.

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Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but selection. Parsimony requires no providence, no sagacity, no powers of combination, no comparison, no judgment.




Quote: Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.


Quote: I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.


Quote: Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it.


Quote: They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.


Quote: The people of England well know that the idea of inheritance furnishes a sure principle of conservation and a sure principle of transmission, without at all excluding a principle of improvement. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The people of England well know that the idea of inheritance furnishes a sure principle of conservation and a sure principle of transmission, without at all excluding a principle of improvement.




Quote: You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclining to superstition. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclining to superstition.


Quote: I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I despair of ever receiving the same degree of pleasure from the most exalted performances of genius which I felt in childhood from pieces which my present judgment regards as trifling and contemptible.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote: 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.- black text on quotes background

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.


Quote: Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of Edmund Burke quote; white text on black background

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.


Quote: 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. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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.




Quote: We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: It is hard to say whether doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

It is hard to say whether doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.


Quote: Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow.


Quote: Not men but measures a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Not men but measures a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement.


Quote: It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

It is our ignorance of things that causes all our admiration and chiefly excites our passions.


Quote: Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.




Quote: The ocean is an object of no small terror. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The ocean is an object of no small terror.




Quote: The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little.


Quote: I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.


Quote: Curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections; it changes its object perpetually; it has an appetite which is very sharp, but very easily satisfied, and it has always an appearance of giddiness, restlessness and anxiety. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections; it changes its object perpetually; it has an appetite which is very sharp, but very easily satisfied, and it has always an appearance of giddiness, restlessness and anxiety.


Quote: The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.


Quote: As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of Providence in some way unknown to us, they rise where they are least expected; they fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of Providence in some way unknown to us, they rise where they are least expected; they fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.


Quote: History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite.


Quote: True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.


Quote: Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.


Quote: Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.


Quote: Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.


Quote: There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Falsehood is a perennial spring. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Falsehood is a perennial spring.


Quote: Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

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


Quote: Laws, like houses, lean on one another. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.


Quote: Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. by author Edmund Burke overlaid on photo of photo of author Edmund Burke with quote

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.


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