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115 Famous Quotes by Edmund Burke
1/12/1729 - 7/9/1797
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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors

Posterity Quotes, by Edmund Burke

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The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion

Protestantism Quotes, by Edmund Burke

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Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart

Sympathy Quotes, by Edmund Burke

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Turn over a new leaf.

Proverbial phrases Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letter to Miss Haviland

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Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.

Learning Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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A very great part of the mischiefs that vex this world arises from words.

Words Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letter

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There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, "What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused."

Law Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Impeachment of Warren Hastings

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I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against an whole people.

Law Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America

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I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard, than in the tombs of the Capulets.

Grave Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letter to Matthew Smith

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It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.

Comparisons Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Prior's Life of Burke

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The age of chivalry is gone.--That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.

Past Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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That chastity of honour which felt a stain like a wound.

Chastity Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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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.

Justice Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.

Justice Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Speech on Conciliation with America (Works, vol. II, p. 136)

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The men of England--the men, I mean of light and leading in England.

England Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.

Business Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America

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Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.

Authorship Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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You can never plan the future by the past.

Future Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (vol. IV, p. 55)

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The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

Public Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: To Thomas Mercer

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All government--indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act--is founded on compromise and barter.

Government Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Second Speech on Conciliation with America

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And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.

Government Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Thoughts and Details on Scarcity (vol. V, p. 156)

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He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself.

Character Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: About Wm. Pitt-Wraxall's Memoirs (vol. II, p. 342)

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All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.

Character Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letters--Letter I--On a Regicide Peace

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Resolved to die in the last dyke of prevarication.

Lying Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Impeachment of Warren Hastings

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Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.

Example Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Letter I--On a Regicide Peace (vol. V, p. 331)

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