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1. “This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature.” – Edmund Burke

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2. “Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.” – Edmund Burke

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3. “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

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4. “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” – Edmund Burke

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

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6. “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

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7. “The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.” – Edmund Burke

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8. “There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” – Edmund Burke

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9. “A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.” – Edmund Burke

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10. “In this partnership all men have equal rights; but not to equal things.” – Edmund Burke

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11. “The great inlet by which a colour for oppression has entered into the world is by one man’s pretending to determine concerning the happiness of another.” – Edmund Burke

12. “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

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

14. “The earth, the kind and equal mother of all ought not to be monopolised to foster the pride and luxury of any men.” – Edmund Burke

15. “We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.” – Edmund Burke

16. “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.” – Edmund Burke

17. “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.” – Edmund Burke

18. “The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.” – Edmund Burke

19. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” – Edmund Burke

20. “Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Edmund Burke

21. “But liberty, when men act in bodies, is power.” – Edmund Burke

22. “I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.” – Edmund Burke

23. “Kings will be tyrants by policy when subjects are rebels from principle.” – Edmund Burke

24. “Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect.” – Edmund Burke

25. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” – Edmund Burke

26. “What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.” – Edmund Burke

27. “Society is indeed a contract. … It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection.” – Edmund Burke

28. “Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.” – Edmund Burke

29. “The true lawgiver ought to have an heart full of sensibility. He ought to love and respect his kind, and to fear himself.” – Edmund Burke

30. “No government could stand a moment, if it could be blown down with anything so loose and indefinite as an opinion of ‘misconduct’.” – Edmund Burke

31. “I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one.” – Edmund Burke

32. “Your constitution has too much of jealousy to have much sense in it.” – Edmund Burke

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

34. “Laws are commanded to hold their tongues amongst arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.” – Edmund Burke

35. “The characteristic passion of my life was my love of order.” – Edmund Burke

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

37. “The very idea of the fabrication of a new government is enough to fill us with disgust and horror.” – Edmund Burke

38. “Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour, than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in an hundred years.” – Edmund Burke

39. “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” – Edmund Burke

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

41. “Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.” – Edmund Burke

42. “To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.” – Edmund Burke

43. “He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” – Edmund Burke

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

45. “Man is by his constitution a religious animal, atheism is against, not only our reason but our instincts.” – Edmund Burke

46. “Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.” – Edmund Burke

47. “Men have no right to what is not reasonable, and to what is not for their benefit.” – Edmund Burke

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

49. “There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive.” – Edmund Burke

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

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