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Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers – these are the masters of victory.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends the most to the perpetuation of society itself.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins justice ends?”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Oppression makes wise men mad; but the distemper is still the madness of the wise, which is better than the sobriety of fools.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Depend upon it that the lovers of freedom will be free.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young peoples, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “An extreme rigor is sure to arm everything against it.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Fellowship in treason is a bad ground of confidence.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The only liberty that is valuable is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Adversity is a severe instructor, set over us by one who knows us better than we do ourselves.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Dogs are indeed the most social, affectionate, and amiable animals of the whole brute creation...”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The cause of a wrong taste is a defect of judgment.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To innovate is not to reform.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Whenever our neighbour’s house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “When any work seems to have required immense force and labor to effect it, the idea is grand.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Jacobinism is the revolt of the enterprising talents of a country against its property.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Not men but measures a sort of charm by which many people get loose from every honorable engagement.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Hypocrisy is no cheap vice; nor can our natural temper be masked for many years together.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Man acts from adequate motives relative to his interest, and not on metaphysical speculations.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To reach the height of our ambition is like trying to reach the rainbow; as we advance it recedes.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.”
Edmund Burke 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.”
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