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The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. ...
by Edmund Burke

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
- Edmund Burke

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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke PHOTO

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

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

 

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

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

You can never plan the future by the past.
- Edmund Burke

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There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings;
but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
- Edmund Burke

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

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom;
and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- Edmund Burke

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

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
- Edmund Burke

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.
- Edmund Burke

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

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

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
- Edmund Burke

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win
in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
- Edmund Burke

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise,
is not given to men.
- Edmund Burke

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve,
taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- Edmund Burke

We must all obey the great law of change.
It is the most powerful law of nature.
- Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows,
and of lending existence to nothing.
- Edmund Burke

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
- Edmund Burke

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Edmund Burke

Patience will achieve more than force.
- Edmund Burke

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

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

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises,
for never intending to go beyond promise,
it costs nothing.
- Edmund Burke

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
- Edmund Burke

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- Edmund Burke

A State without the means of some change is without
the means of its conservation.
- Edmund Burke

Good order is the foundation of all things.
- Edmund Burke

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please:
we ought to see what it will please them to do,
before we risk congratulations.
- Edmund Burke

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
- Edmund Burke

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise
of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
- Edmund Burke

Applause is the spur of noble minds,
the end and aim of weak ones.
- Edmund Burke

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling;
it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
- Edmund Burke

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- Edmund Burke

But the age of chivalry is gone.
That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded;
and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
- Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
- Edmund Burke

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
- Edmund Burke

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
- Edmund Burke

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
- Edmund Burke

If the people are happy, united, wealthy,
and powerful, we presume the rest.
We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
- Edmund Burke

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
- Edmund Burke

Education is the cheap defense of nations.
- Edmund Burke

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- Edmund Burke

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

To innovate is not to reform.
- Edmund Burke

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little.
- Edmund Burke

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
- Edmund Burke

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
- Edmund Burke

Your representative owes you, not his industry only,
but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving
you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

All human laws are, properly speaking,
only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
- Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest
complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
- Edmund Burke


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