Edmund Burke Quotes

Who is Edmund Burke?

Edmund Burke was an Irish author, political theorist and philosopher.

Born January 12, 1730
Died July 09, 1797

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“A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.”

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

“All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”

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

“Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead and those who are yet to be born.”

“Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.”

“Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.”

“Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security.”

“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.”

“Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.”

“Freedom and not servitude is the cure of anarchy; as religion, and not atheism, is the true remedy for superstition.”

“Good order is the foundation of all things.”

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”

“I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.”

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“If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.”

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

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“It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own self-interest. We address ourselves not to their humanity but to their self-love, and never talk to them of our own necessities, but of their advantages.”

The Wealth of Nations


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“It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do.”

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

“Men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”

“Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”

“Never, no, never did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.”

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”

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

“Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.”

“Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”

“People never give up their liberties but under some delusion.”

“People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.”

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“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”

“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”

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“If you see one cold and vehement at the same time, set him down for a fanatic.”


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