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Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false, reptile prudence, the result not of caution but of fear.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “War never leaves where it found a nation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The perfection of conversation is not to play a regular sonata, but, like the AEolian harp, to await the inspiration of the passing breeze.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The pride of men will not often suffer reason to have scope until it can be no longer of service.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Society is indeed a contract... it becomes a participant not only between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is for the most part in our skill in manners, and in the observations of time and place and of decency in general, that what is called taste by way of distinction consists; and which is in reality no other than a more refined judgment.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Teach me, O lark! with thee to greatly rise, to exalt my soul and lift it to the skies.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Prejudice renders a man’s virtue his habit, and a series of unconnected arts. Though just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Those who attempt to level never equalize.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In history, a great volume is unrolled for our instruction, drawing the materials of future wisdom from the past errors and infirmities of mankind.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Party is a body of men united, for promoting by their joint endeavours the national interest, upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy of superstition.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “True religion is the foundation of society. When that is once shaken by contempt, the whole fabric cannot be stable nor lasting.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I do not know how to wish success to those whose Victory is to separate from us a large and noble part of our Empire. Still less do I wish success to injustice, oppression and absurdity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The love of lucre, though sometimes carried to a ridiculous excess, a vicious excess, is the grand cause of prosperity to all States.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Laws, like houses, lean on one another.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing tends so much to the corruption of science as to suffer it to stagnate; these waters must be troubled before they can exert their virtues.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!”
Edmund Burke Quote: “They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “As mankind becomes more enlightened to know their real interests, they will esteem the value of agriculture; they will find it in their natural – their destined occupation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Parliament is a deliberate assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purpose, not local prejudices ought to guide but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Power gradually extirpates for the mind every humane and gentle virtue.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all.”
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