Edmund Burke (Politician)

#14768 Edmund Burke

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about love
#14769 Edmund Burke

There is a sort of enthusiasm in all projectors, absolutely necessary for their affairs, which makes them proof against the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, the most shocking insults; and, what is severer than all, the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant upon their designs. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about men
#14770 Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about law
#14771 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about virtue
#14772 Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the publick to be the most anxious for its welfare. .

Edmund Burke
#14773 Edmund Burke

The wisdom of our ancestors. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about wisdom
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Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about good
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I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep them both: it is not necessary that I should sacrifice either. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about religion
#14777 Edmund Burke

Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about purpose
#14778 Edmund Burke

A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about man
#14779 Edmund Burke

People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be dangerous. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about hope
#14780 Edmund Burke

Applaud us when we run, console us when we fall, cheer us when we recover. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about fall
#14781 Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about law
#14782 Edmund Burke

In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand ; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about passion
#14783 Edmund Burke

I decline the election. — It has ever been my rule through life, to observe a proportion between my efforts and my objects. I have never been remarkable for a bold, active, and sanguine pursuit of advantages that are personal to myself. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about life
#14784 Edmund Burke

Gentlemen, the melancholy event of yesterday reads to us an awful lesson against being too much troubled about any of the objects of ordinary ambition. The worthy gentleman, who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of contest, whilst his desires were as warm, and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us, what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about hope
#14785 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about self
#14786 Edmund Burke

The individual is foolish; the multitude, for the moment is foolish, when they act without deliberation; but the species is wise, and, when time is given to it, as a species it always acts right. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about time
#14787 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about youth
#14788 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about people
#14789 Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about justice
#14790 Edmund Burke

They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about anarchy
#14791 Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about future
#14792 Edmund Burke

Tyrants seldom want pretexts. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about want
#14793 Edmund Burke

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to any thing but power for their relief. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about power
#14794 Edmund Burke

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites, — in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity, — in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption, — in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about love
#14795 Edmund Burke

Neither the few nor the many have a right to act merely by their will, in any matter connected with duty, trust, engagement, or obligation. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about men
#14796 Edmund Burke

So far as it has gone, it probably is the most pure and defecated publick good which ever has been conferred on mankind. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about man
#14797 Edmund Burke

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feeling; none when they are under the influence of imagination. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about passion
#14798 Edmund Burke

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature, and the means perhaps of its conservation. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about change
#14799 Edmund Burke

Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about action
#14800 Edmund Burke

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about fear
#14801 Edmund Burke

It is the function of a judge not to make but to declare the law, according to the golden mete-wand of the law and not by the crooked cord of discretion. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about law
#14802 Edmund Burke

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about art
#14803 Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about religion
#14804 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about men
#14805 Edmund Burke

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations — wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about time
#14806 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about ya
#14807 Edmund Burke

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about lie
#14808 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about art
#14809 Edmund Burke

When Croft's "Life of Dr. Young" was spoken of as a good imitation of Dr. Johnson's style, "No, no," said he, "it is not a good imitation of Johnson; it has all his pomp without his force; it has all the nodosities of the oak, without its strength; it has all the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration." .

Edmund Burke Quotes about inspiration
#14810 Edmund Burke

The art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about art
#14811 Edmund Burke

There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about world
#14812 Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke Quotes about religion
#14813 Edmund Burke

"War," says , "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 Quotes about war
#14814 Edmund Burke

A good parson once said that where mystery begins religion ends. Cannot I say, as truly at least, of human laws, that where mystery begins, justice ends? .

Edmund Burke Quotes about religion
#14815 Edmund Burke

Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about friendship
#14816 Edmund Burke

The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is Curiosity. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about mind
#14817 Edmund Burke

The person who grieves, suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time. .

Edmund Burke Quotes about love
#14818 Edmund Burke

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 Quotes about pain

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