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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: “Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Contempt is not a thing to be despised. It may be borne with a calm and equal mind, but no man, by lifting his head high, can pretend that he does not perceive the scorns that are poured down on him from above.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “An Englishman is the unfittest person on earth to argue another Englishman into slavery.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The question is not whether you have a right to render people miserable, but whether it is not in your best interest to make them happy.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Of all things, wisdom is the most terrified with epidemical fanaticism, because, of all enemies, it is that against which she is the least able to furnish any kind of resource.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In a free country every man thinks he has a concern in all public matters, – that he has a right to form and a right to deliver an opinion on them. This it is that fills countries with men of ability in all stations.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Those who quit their proper character to assume what does not belong to them are, for the greater part, ignorant both of the character they leave and of the character they assume.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Terror is a passion which always produces delight when it does not press too close.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing, indeed, but the possession of some power can with any certainty discover what at the bottom is the true character of any man.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “An entire life of solitude contradicts the purpose of our being, since death itself is scarcely an idea of more terror.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Old religious factions are volcanoes burned out; on the lava and ashes and squalid scoriae of old eruptions grow the peaceful olive, the cheering vine and the sustaining corn.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The worst of these politics of revolution is this: they temper and harden the breast, in order to prepare it for the desperate strokes which are sometimes used in extreme occasions. But.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “You will smile here at the consistency of those democratists who, when they are not on their guard, treat the humbler part of the community with the greatest contempt, whilst, at the same time they pretend to make them the depositories of all power.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A jealous lover lights his torch from the firebrand of the fiend.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All government is founded on compromise and banter.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “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 Quote: “Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To govern according to the sense and agreement of the interests of the people is a great and glorious object of governance. This object cannot be obtained but through the medium of popular election, and popular election is a mighty evil.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Surely the church is a place where one day’s truce ought to be allowed to the dissensions and animosities of mankind.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Vice incapacitates a man from all public duty; it withers the powers of his under- standing, and makes his mind paralytic.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Where mystery begins religion ends.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Many of the greatest tyrants on the records of history have begun their reigns in the fairest manner. But the truth is, this unnatural power corrupts both the heart and the understanding.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Dangers by being despised grow great.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “For there is in mankind an unfortunate propensity to make themselves, their views and their works, the measure of excellence in every thing whatsoever.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To prove that the Americans ought not to be free, we are obliged to deprecate the value of freedom itself.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Humanity cannot be degraded by humiliation.”
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