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Edmund Burke quotes (49)

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
Edmund Burke   Category: Gravity

Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink whilst thousands of great cattle reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak chew the cud and are silent pray to not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that of course they are many in number; or that after all they are other than the little shriveled meagre hopping though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.
Edmund Burke   Category: Majority

My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names from kindred blood from similar privileges and equal protection. These are ties which though light as air are as strong as links of iron.
Edmund Burke   Category: Common

You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke   Category: Future

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away for expedients and by parts.
Edmund Burke   Category: Liberty

Mere parsimony is not economy....Expense and great expense may be an essential part of true economy.
Edmund Burke   Category: Economy

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident security.
Edmund Burke   Category: Anxiety

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is at least half infidelity.
Edmund Burke   Category: Indifference

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke   Category: Endure

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
Edmund Burke   Category: Early

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Edmund Burke   Category: Delusion

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice neither in my opinion is safe.
Edmund Burke   Category: Justice

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Edmund Burke   Category: Fear

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.
Edmund Burke   Category: Protestant

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
Edmund Burke   Category: Law

The march of the human mind is slow.
Edmund Burke   Category: Mind

Education is the cheap defense of nations.
Edmund Burke   Category: Defense

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   Category: Civil

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Edmund Burke   Category: Religion

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
Edmund Burke   Category: Ancestors

When bad men combine the good must associate; else they will fall one by one an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke   Category: Bad

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   Category: Unsorted

To tax and to please no more than to love and to be wise is not given to men.
Edmund Burke   Category: Tax

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

A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Edmund Burke   Category: Change

All government indeed every human benefit and enjoyment every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter.
Edmund Burke   Category: Benefit

He was not merely a chip off the old block but the old block itself.
Edmund Burke   Category: Father

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
Edmund Burke   Category: Prophecy

Good order is the foundation of all things.
Edmund Burke   Category: Order

Custom reconciles us to everything.
Edmund Burke   Category: Custom

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
Edmund Burke   Category: Patience

The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters economists and calculators has succeeded.
Edmund Burke   Category: Past

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does no remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed which is perpetually to be conquered.
Edmund Burke   Category: Vigilant

Example is the school of mankind and they will learn at no other.
Edmund Burke   Category: Example

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Edmund Burke   Category: Nothing

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment we have no compass to govern us nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.
Edmund Burke   Category: Precedent

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.
Edmund Burke   Category: Revolution

All men that are ruined are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
Edmund Burke   Category: Factory

Never no never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.
Edmund Burke   Category: Nature

War says Machiavelli ought to be the only study of a prince; and by a prince he means every sort of state however constituted. He ought says this great political doctor to consider peace only as a breathing-time which gives him leisure to contrive and furnishes ability to execute military plans. A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
Edmund Burke   Category: War

By gnawing through a dike even a rat may drown a nation.
Edmund Burke   Category: Persecution

There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
Edmund Burke   Category: Wickedness

Good order is the foundation of all good things.
Edmund Burke   Category: Good

The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.
Edmund Burke   Category: Power

Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.
Edmund Burke   Category: Plan

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 of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
Edmund Burke   Category: Ambition

I am convinced that we have a degree of delight and that no small one in the real misfortunes and pains of others.
Edmund Burke   Category: Misfortunes

There is however a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
Edmund Burke   Category: Virtue

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke   Category: Apathy