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Edmund Burke Quotes

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
Edmund Burke
Liberty, Order, Limited

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
Edmund Burke
Ambition, Soar, Creep

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
Edmund Burke
Health, Happy, Virtue

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
Edmund Burke
Society, Order, Civil

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
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End, Journey, Reached

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
Edmund Burke
Tyranny, Multitude

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
Edmund Burke
Beauty, Distress, Affecting

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
Edmund Burke
Seldom, Tyrants

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.
Edmund Burke
Men, Cannot, Free

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
Edmund Burke
Politics, Terms, Agreement

The march of the human mind is slow.
Edmund Burke
Mind, Slow, March

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
Edmund Burke
Nature, Greatness, Exact

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
Edmund Burke
Another, Laws, Houses

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

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
Nature, Justice, Law

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
Time, Pain, Passion

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
True, End, Sense

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
Business, Seen, Plan

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
Great, Passion, Cause

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

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
Good, Happy, Powerful

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
Edmund Burke
War, Against, Carried

Whenever our neighbour’s house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
Edmund Burke
Cannot, Fire, House

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
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Change, Means, State

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
Tell, Reason, Justice

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Edmund Burke
Change, Great, Nature

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
Power, Hope, Enemy

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

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
Edmund Burke
Free, Justice, Based

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
Forward, Selfish, Spirit

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

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

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
Edmund Burke
Society, Gospel, Adultery

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
Age, Gone, Forever

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
Edmund Burke
Good, Enemy, Evil

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

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
Great, Society, Justice

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
Political, Reality, Color

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

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke
Government, Act, Virtue

Education is the cheap defense of nations.
Edmund Burke
Education, Nations, Defense

Good order is the foundation of all things.
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Brainy, Good, Order

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
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Weed, Slavery, Grows

There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
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Imagination, Men, Act

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
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Both, Flattery, Corrupts

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

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke
Forward, Ancestors, Backward

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

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke
Good, Men, Evil

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
Edmund Burke
Power, Dangerous, Greater

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.
Edmund Burke
History, Repeat, Destined

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
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Good, Needs, Conscience

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
Edmund Burke
Patience, Achieve, Force

You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke
Time, Future, Past

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

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

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
Opinion, Industry, Instead

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
Wisdom, Greatest, Possible

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
Men, Times, Moral

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
Themselves, State, Service

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

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
Edmund Burke
Beauty, Happiness, Promise

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

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

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
Edmund Burke
Read, Eating, Reflecting

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

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
Liberty, Risk, Please

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke
Bad, Worst, Sort

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Edmund Burke
Delusion, Liberties

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
Edmund Burke
Nation, Rat, Drown

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

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
Edmund Burke
Government, Turns, Unjust

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Edmund Burke
Religion, Minds, Feeble

To innovate is not to reform.
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Reform, Innovate

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
Edmund Burke
Spring, Falsehood, Perennial

Custom reconciles us to everything.
Edmund Burke
Custom, Reconciles

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
Edmund Burke
Cannot, Liberty, Among

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

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

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
Edmund Burke
Work, Despair

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
Edmund Burke
Love, Lovely, Ought

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
Edmund Burke
Food, Mind, Body

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke
Skill, Nerves, Sharpens

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

The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
Edmund Burke
Moral, Revolution, Opinions

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

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

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
Edmund Burke
Found, Wealth, Interest

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
Edmund Burke
Age, Youth, Arrogance

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

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
Edmund Burke
Limits, Riches, Founded

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

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

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Edmund Burke
Fear, Mind, Passion

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
Edmund Burke
Religion, Fatal

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
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Religious, Itself, Mistaken

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

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
Heart, Minds, Nor

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