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When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads.
—  Edmund Burke
He was not merely a chip of the old block, but the old block itself.
—  Edmund Burke
To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.
—  Edmund Burke
It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
—  Edmund Burke
Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman, but he cannot make a gentleman.
—  Edmund Burke
All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
—  Edmund Burke
Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
—  Edmund Burke
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
—  Edmund Burke
The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.
—  Edmund Burke
There is, however, a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
—  Edmund Burke
The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
—  Edmund Burke
Vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness.
—  Edmund Burke
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
—  Edmund Burke
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
—  Edmund Burke
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
—  Edmund Burke
I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
—  Edmund Burke
He was not merely a chip off the old block, but the old block itself.
—  Edmund Burke
In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function.
—  Edmund Burke
I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others.
—  Edmund Burke
All those instances to be found in history, whether real or fabulous, of a doubtful public spirit, at which morality is perplexed, reason is staggered, and from which affrighted Nature recoils, are their chosen and almost sole examples for the instruction of their youth.
—  Edmund Burke
Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
—  Edmund Burke
I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard than in the tomb of the Capulets.
—  Edmund Burke
The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
—  Edmund Burke
The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.
—  Edmund Burke
In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered.
—  Edmund Burke
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
—  Edmund Burke
The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
—  Edmund Burke
Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.
—  Edmund Burke
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
—  Edmund Burke
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
—  Edmund Burke
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
—  Edmund Burke
There is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners, yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole of that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
—  Edmund Burke
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
—  Edmund Burke
Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed.
—  Edmund Burke
My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron.
—  Edmund Burke
They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man.
—  Edmund Burke
The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of the wisdom of Him who made it.
—  Edmund Burke
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
—  Edmund Burke
Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.
—  Edmund Burke

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