Authors - Edmund Burke

Brief Biography

Edmund Burke PC (12 January 1729 - 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party. - Wikipedia

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Quote 504by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

You can never plan the future by the past.
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    Quote 505by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

    Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
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      Quote 539by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

      Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
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        Quote 574by Anonymous on 05/01/2011

        All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.
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          Quote 1592by Anonymous on 14/01/2011

          Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
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            Quote 1821by Anonymous on 16/01/2011

            An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
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              Quote 2217by Anonymous on 24/01/2011

              The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
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                Quote 2414by Anonymous on 29/01/2011

                Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
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                  Quote 2426by Anonymous on 29/01/2011

                  If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
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                    Quote 2498by Anonymous on 31/01/2011

                    Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
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                      Quote 2545by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                      Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
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                        Quote 2618by Anonymous on 02/02/2011

                        They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.
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                          Quote 2660by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                          Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
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                            Quote 2904by Anonymous on 03/02/2011

                            When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
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                              Quote 3209by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                              Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
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                                Quote 3415by Anonymous on 05/02/2011

                                He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
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                                  Quote 3810by Anonymous on 10/02/2011

                                  Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
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                                    Quote 4011by Anonymous on 12/02/2011

                                    Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
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                                      Quote 4092by Anonymous on 15/02/2011

                                      It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
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                                        Quote 4699by Anonymous on 25/02/2011

                                        No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
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                                          Quote 4889by Anonymous on 04/05/2011

                                          Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing.
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                                            Quote 6673by Anonymous on 03/10/2011

                                            No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
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                                              Quote 8344by Anonymous on 06/05/2012

                                              Beauty is the promise of happiness.
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                                                Quote 9439by Anonymous on 31/07/2012

                                                The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
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                                                  Quote 10148by Anonymous on 15/09/2012

                                                  The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.
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                                                    Quote 11828by Anonymous on 25/01/2013

                                                    There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
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                                                      Quote 13634by Anonymous on 11/08/2013

                                                      I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.
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