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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: “Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “England and Ireland may flourish together. The world is large enough for both of us. Let it be our care not to make ourselves too little for it.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations – wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Massacre, torture, hanging! These are your rights of men!”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.”
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: “Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. Liberty inheres in some sensible object; and every nation has formed to itself some favorite point, which by way of eminence becomes the criterion of their happiness.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Difficulty is a severe instructor, set over us by the supreme ordinance of a parental guardian and legislator, who knows us better than we know ourselves, as he loves us better too. He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “I have been told by an eminent bookseller, that in no branch of his business, after tracts of popular devotion, were so many books as those on the law exported to the Plantations .”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Men are as much blinded by the extremes of misery as by the extremes of prosperity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The greatest crimes do not arise from a want of feeling for others but from an over-sensibilit y for ourselves and an over-indulgence to our own desires.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It may be observed, that very polished languages, and such as are praised for their superior clearness and perspicuity, are generally deficient in strength.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The most favourable laws can do very little towards the happiness of people when the disposition of the ruling power is adverse to them.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Sallust is indisputably one of the best historians among the Romans, both for the purity of his language and the elegance of his style.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world is by one man’s pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is a time when the hoary head of inveterate abuse will neither draw reverence nor obtain protection.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There are circumstances in which despair does not imply inactivity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The esteem of wise and good men is the greatest of all temporal encouragements to virtue; and it is a mark of an abandoned spirit to have no regard to it.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Tyrants seldom want pretexts.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Where two motives, neither of them perfectly justifiable, may be assigned, the worst has the chance of being preferred.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The moment that government appears at market, the principles of the market will be subverted.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The same sun which gilds all nature, and exhilarates the whole creation, does not shine upon disappointed ambition.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of the wisdom of Him who made it.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Crimes lead one into another; they who are capable of being forgers are capable of being incendiaries.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose the game, the chase is certainly of service.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing ought to be more weighed than the nature of books recommended by public authority. So recommended, they soon form the character of the age.”
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: “Great men are never sufficiently shown but in struggles.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “We must soften into a credulity below the milkiness of infancy to think all men virtuous. We must be tainted with a malignity truly diabolical, to believe all the world to be equally wicked and corrupt.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The mind of man possesses a sort of creative power on its own; either in representing at pleasure the images of things in the order and manner in which they were received by the senses, or in combining those images in a new manner, and according to a different order. This power is called imagination.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Turbulent, discontented men of quality, in proportion as they are puffed up with personal pride and arrogance, generally despise their own order.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “He who calls in the aid of an equal understanding doubles his own; and he who profits by a superior understanding raises his powers to a level with the height of the superior standing he unites with.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Pleasure of every kind quickly satisfies.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Delusion and weakness produce not one mischief the less, because they are universal.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There are some men formed with feelings so blunt that they can hardly be said to be awake during the whole course of their lives.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “God has sometimes converted wickedness into madness; and it is to the credit of human reason that men who are not in some degree mad are never capable of being in the highest degree wicked.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Continue to instruct the world; and – whilst we carry on a poor unequal conflict with the passions and prejudices of our day, perhaps with no better weapons than other passions and prejudices of our own – convey wisdom to future generations.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Nothing less will content me, than wholeAmerica.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A definition may be very exact, and yet go but a very little way towards informing us of the nature of the thing defined.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of Providence in some way unknown to us, they rise where they are least expected; they fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “You will not think it unnatural that those who have an object depending, which strongly engages their hopes and fears, should be somewhat inclining to superstition.”
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