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About Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke was a British-Irish author, philosopher, and politician best remembered for his immense support for the American Revolution and for strongly opposing the French Revolution. As a member of the Whig party, he served as a member of parliament in the British House of Commons for several years.
He was born to Mary and Richard Burke, who was a well-known solicitor. He got married to Jane Mary Nugent in 1757. He and Mary had two sons, one of whom died in infancy. He remained married to Mary until his death in 1797.
He is often called the "Father of modern British conservatism".
He outlived all his children.
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A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.Edmund Burke
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.Edmund Burke
All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory they have no power over the substance of original justice.Edmund Burke
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.Edmund Burke
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.Edmund Burke
Beauty is the promise of happiness.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
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.Edmund Burke
Education is the cheap defense of nations.Edmund Burke
Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.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
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
I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.Edmund Burke
If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.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
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
Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom and a great empire and little minds go ill together.Edmund Burke
Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.Edmund Burke
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.Edmund Burke
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.Edmund Burke
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.Edmund Burke
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.Edmund Burke
Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.Edmund Burke
Our patience will achieve more than our force.Edmund Burke
Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.Edmund Burke
People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.Edmund Burke
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.Edmund Burke
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.Edmund Burke
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.Edmund Burke
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.Edmund Burke
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.Edmund Burke
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.Edmund Burke
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.Edmund Burke
The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him he indulges it, he loves it but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.Edmund Burke
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
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.Edmund Burke
Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.Edmund Burke
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.Edmund Burke
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.Edmund Burke
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.Edmund Burke
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.Edmund Burke
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.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
You can never plan the future by the past.Edmund Burke
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