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Edmund Burke Quotes

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Edmund Burke quotes

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

Good order is the foundation of all things.

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

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

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

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

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

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

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.

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

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

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

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.

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

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

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.

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

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

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