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Edmund Burke Quotes


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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.
[Government]
 

Some decent, regulated preeminence, some preference given to birth, is neither unnatural nor unjust nor impolitic.
[Ancestry]
 

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
[Superstition]
 

Surely the church is a place where one day's truce ought to be allowed to the dissensions and animosities of mankind.
[Church]
 

Taste and elegance, though they are reckoned only among the smaller and secondary morals, yet are of no mean importance in the regulation of life. A moral taste is not of force to turn vice into virtue: but it recommends virtue, with something like the blandishments of pleasure.
[Elegance]
 

Taxing is an easy business.-Any projector can contrive new impositions; any bungler can add to the old; but is it altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them?
 

Tell me what are the prevailing sentiments that occupy the minds of your young men, and I will tell you what is to be the character of the next generation.
[Youth]
 

That chastity of honor which felt a stain like a wound.
 

The age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.
[Sophistry]
 

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

The body of all true religion consists in obedience to the will of God, in a confidence in his declaration, and an imitation of his perfections.
[Religion]
 

The chastity of honor which felt a stain like a wound.
[Honor]
 

The Christian religion, by confining marriage to pairs, and rendering the relation indissoluble, has by these two things done more toward the peace, happiness, settlement, and civilization of the world, than by any other part in this whole scheme of divine wisdom.
[Marriage]
 

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
[Judge]
 

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.
 

The esteem of wise and good men is the greatest of all temporal encouragements to virtue; and it is a mark of an abandoned spirit to have no regard to it.
 

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.
[Curiosity]
 

The great difference between the real statesman and the pretender is, that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day, and acts on expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for immortality.
 

The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.-This is a feudal tenure which they cannot alter.
[Influence]
 

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
 


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