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115 Famous Quotes by Edmund Burke
1/12/1729 - 7/9/1797
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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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Illustrious Predecessor.

Example Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents

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There is however a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.

Patience Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation

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They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.

Rights Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: On the Army Estimates (vol. III, p. 221)

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The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion, as makes it impossible on ordinary occasion to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity.

Stars Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: On the Sublime and the Beautiful--Magnificence

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The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.

Judges Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Preface to Brissot's Address (vol. V, p. 67)

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Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

Judges Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Preface to Brissot's Address (vol. V, p. 67)

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A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would by my standard of a statesman.

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

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A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.

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

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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.

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

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The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

Liberty Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Speech at a County Meeting at Bucks

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My vigour relents. I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.

Liberty Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America (vol. II, p. 118)

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But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.

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

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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.

Politics Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflexions on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 277)

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Of this stamp is the cant of, not men, but measures.

Politics Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent

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The march of the human mind is slow.

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

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A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

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

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Young man, there is America--which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.

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

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What shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.

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

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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 most to the perpetuation of society itself. It makes our weakness subservient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family wealth and of the distinction which attends hereditary possessions (as most concerned in it,) are the natural securities for this transmission.

Ancestry Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 298)

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Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.

Ancestry Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France (vol. III, p. 299)

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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Unity Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent

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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.

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

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But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.

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

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The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.

Religion Quotes, by Edmund Burke , Source: A Vindication of Natural Society--Preface (vol. I, p. 7)

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