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Edmund Burke Quote: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

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

— Edmund Burke



Edmund Burke Quote: “Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.”

Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Evil succeeds when good men do nothing.”

Evil succeeds when good men do nothing.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.”

Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure.”

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

— Edmund Burke



Edmund Burke Quote: “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.”

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Good order is the foundation of all things.”

Good order is the foundation of all things.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.”

Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.”

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.”

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


Edmund Burke Quote: “Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it’s yellow.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “A coward’s courage is in his tongue.”

A coward’s courage is in his tongue.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them.”

The true way to mourn the dead is to take care of the living who belong to them.

— Edmund Burke


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

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



Edmund Burke Quote: “The traveller has reached the end of the journey!”

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.”

Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “If we owned the property, we will be free and prosperous. If so they regain control, we will become poor.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.”

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Turn over a new leaf.”

Turn over a new leaf.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Never, no never, did Nature say one thing, and wisdom another.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.”

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

— Edmund Burke


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

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “You can never plan the future by the past.”

You can never plan the future by the past.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural.”

The truly sublime is always easy, and always natural.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.”

An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke 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.”

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.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “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.”

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


Edmund Burke Quote: “What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!”

What shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue!

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “All that needs to be done for evil to prevail is good men doing nothing.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.”

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.”

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America.”

Over-taxation cost England her colonies of North America.

— Edmund Burke


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

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.”

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

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.”

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.

— Edmund Burke


Edmund Burke Quote: “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.”

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

— Edmund Burke

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