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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
by Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past.
- Edmund Burke

 

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

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

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
- Edmund Burke


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

Good order is the foundation of all things.
- Edmund Burke

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows,
and of lending existence to nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended
by the observations of those who were much inferior
in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.
- Edmund Burke

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win
in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

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.
- Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
- Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Edmund Burke

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Applause is the spur of noble minds,
the end and aim of weak ones.
- Edmund Burke

But the age of chivalry is gone.
That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded;
and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
- Edmund Burke

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society;
and any eminent departure from it,
under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- Edmund Burke

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- Edmund Burke

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise
of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
- Edmund Burke

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve,
taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- Edmund Burke

The march of the human mind is slow.
- Edmund Burke

Mere parsimony is not economy.
Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
- Edmund Burke

Patience will achieve more than force.
- Edmund Burke

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
- Edmund Burke

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

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- Edmund Burke

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
- Edmund Burke

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth
should be found everywhere.
- Edmund Burke

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment,
every virtue, and every prudent act,
is founded on compromise and barter.
- Edmund Burke

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Education is the cheap defense of nations.
- Edmund Burke

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free;
if our wealth commands us,
we are poor indeed.
- Edmund Burke

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
- Edmund Burke

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

The most important of all revolutions,
a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
- Edmund Burke

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

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

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice,
neither, in my opinion, is safe.
- Edmund Burke


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