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Edmund Burke quotes

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.

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.

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

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

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

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.

You can never plan the future by the past.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

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

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

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.

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

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

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

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

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

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

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