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Edmund Burke Quote: “In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Whilst every principle of authority and resistance has been pushed, upon both sides, as far as it would go, there is nothing so solid and certain, either in reasoning or in practice, that has not been shaken.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is by bribing, not so often by being bribed, that wicked politicians bring ruin on mankind. Avarice is a rival to the pursuits of many.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is an air of plausibility which accompanies vulgar reasonings and notions, taken from the beaten circle of ordinary experience, that is admirably suited to the narrow capacities of some, and to the laziness of others.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns, as the heavens are sometimes overcast – alternately tempestuous and serene – so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasure and pain.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “To be struck with His power, it is only necessary to open our eyes.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “All That Is Needed For Evil To Succeeded, Is For Good People To Do Nothing.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Both the Sublime and the Beautiful induce a state of submission that is often combined with the possibility of getting lost. They disorientate and undermine purpose. In one of several erotic sections in the Enquiry Burke describes the experience of looking at a beautiful woman’s body: it is, he writes, like a ‘deceitful maze, through which the unsteady eye glides giddily, without knowing where to fix, or whither it is carried’. It.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There are cases in which a man would be ashamed not to have been imposed upon. There is a confidence necessary to human intercourse, and without which men are often more injured by their own suspicions than they would be by the perfidy of others.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Religion is among the most powerful causes of enthusiasm.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Time is required to produce that union of minds which alone can produce all the good we aim at. Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is nothing in the world really beneficial that does not lie within the reach of an informed understanding and a well-protected pursuit.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A speculative despair is unpardonable where it our duty to act.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact; and great trade will always be attended with considerable abuses. The contraband will always keep pace in some measure with the fair trade. It should stand as a fundamental maxim, that no vulgar precaution ought to be employed in the cure of evils, which are closely connected with the cause of our prosperity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Government is the exercise of all the great qualities of the human mind.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “In these meetings of all sorts, every counsel, in proportion as it is daring and violent and perfidious, is taken for the mark of superior genius. Humanity and compassion are ridiculed as the fruits of superstition and ignorance. Tenderness to individuals is considered as treason to the public.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director, the regulator, the standard of them all. Metaphysics cannot live without definition; but prudence is cautious how she defines. Our courts cannot be more fearful in suffering fictitious cases to be brought before them for eliciting their determination on a point of law, than prudent moralists are in putting extreme and hazardous cases of conscience upon emergencies not existing.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The contumelies of tyranny are the worst parts of it.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “What is it we all seek for in an election? To answer its real purposes, you must first possess the means of knowing the fitness of your man; and then you must retain some hold upon him by personal obligation or dependence.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “He that sets his home on fire because his fingers are frostbitten can never be a fit instructor in the method of providing our habitations with a cheerful and salutary warmth.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “There is a sort of gloss upon ingenious falsehoods that dazzles the imagination, but which neither belongs to, nor becomes the sober aspect of truth.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “THE CHARACTERISTIC passion of Burke’s life was his love of order.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The human mind is often, and I think it is for the most part, in a state neither of pain nor pleasure, which I call a state of indifference.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A man full of warm speculative benevolence may wish his society otherwise constituted than he finds it; but a good patriot and a true politician, always considers how he shall make the most of the existing materials of his country. A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Every thing else is vulgar in the conception, perilous in the execution.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Man is not only ruled by evil passions; but his rational capacity is severely limited as well. Without the warm cloak of custom, tradition, experience, history, religion, and social hierarchy – all of which radical man would rip off – man is shivering and naked. Free man from all mystery, demystify his institutions and his intellectual world, and you leave him alone in a universe of insignificance, incapacity, and inadequacy.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “We ought with reverence to approach that tremendous divinity, that loves courage, but commands counsel.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “The great has terror for its basis... the beautiful is founded on mere positive pleasure...”
Edmund Burke Quote: “A brave people will certainly prefer liberty, accompanied with a virtuous poverty, to a depraved and wealthy servitude. But before the price of comfort and opulence is paid, one ought to be pretty sure it is real liberty which is purchased, and that she is to be purchased at no other price. I shall always, however, consider that liberty as very equivocal in her appearance, which has not wisdom and justice for her companions; and does not lead prosperity and plenty in her train.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is an obvious truth, that no constitution can defend itself: it must be defended by the wisdom and fortitude of men.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Thus are two ideas as opposite as can be imagined reconciled in the extremes of both; and both, in spite of their opposite nature, brought to concur in producing the sublime. And this is not the only instance wherein the opposite extremes operate equally in favor of the sublime, which in all things abhors mediocrity.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Untried forms of government may, to unstable minds, recommend themselves even by their novelty.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is no strange thing, to those who look into the nature of corrupted man, to find a violent persecutor a perfect unbeliever of his own creed.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Astonishment is the effect of the sublime in its highest degree, the inferior effects are admiration, reverence and respect.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “Now, whatever, either on good or upon bad grounds, tends to raise a man in his own opinion, produces a sort of swelling and triumph, that is extremely grateful to the human mind.”
Edmund Burke Quote: “It is the duty of those who claim to rule over others not to provoke them beyond the necessity of the case, nor to leave stings in their minds which must long rankle even when the appearance of tranquillity is restored.”
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