Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

English politician and philosopher

Lived from: 1729-1797

Category: Politics | Philosophers

Quotes: Edmund Burke

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    All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
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    He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.
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    Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
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    Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
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    A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
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    A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
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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.
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    A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
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    A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
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    All government - indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act - is founded on compromise and barter.
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    All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
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    Ambition can creep as well as soar.
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    Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
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    An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
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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. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.
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