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Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing so effectually deadens the taste of the sublime as that which is light and radiant.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “By hating vices too much, they come to love men too little.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is in the relaxation of security; it is in the expansion of prosperity; it is in the hour of dilatation of the heart, and of its softening into festivity and pleasure, that the real character of men is discerned.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Is it in destroying and pulling down that skill is displayed? The shallowest understanding, the rudest hand, is more than equal to that task.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Thank God, men that art greatly guilty are never wise.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The only training for the heroic is the mundane.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “Neither the few nor the many have a right to act merely by their will, in any matter connected with duty, trust, engagement, or obligation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All virtue which is impracticable is spurious.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Custom reconciles us to everything.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “He only deserves to be remembered by posterity who treasures up and preserves the history of his ancestors.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Education is a nation’s cheapest defence.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “We begin our public affection in our families. No cold relation is a zealous citizen.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Politics ought to be adjusted not to human reasonings but to human nature, of which reason is but a part and by no means the greatest part.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “True humility-the basis of the Christian system-is the low but deep and firm foundation of all virtues.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman but he cannot make a gentleman.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Men have no right to what is not reasonable, and to what is not for their benefit.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Economy is a distributive virtue, and consists not in saving but in selection.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The ocean is an object of no small terror.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A thing may look specious in theory, and yet be ruinous in practice; a thing may look evil in theory, and yet be in practice excellent.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Public calamity is a mighty leveller.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Without such means it might even risk the loss of that part of the constitution which it wished the most religiously to preserve.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Man is an animal that cooks his victuals.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All wealth is power, so power must infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The Fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Law and arbitrary power are at eternal enmity.”
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