Edmund Burke Quotes

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

A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.

Edmund Burke

I know that many have been taught to think that moderation, in a case like this, is a sort of treason.

Edmund Burke

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.

Edmund Burke

Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.

Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.

Edmund Burke

Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue. Pity, benevolence, friendship, are things almost unknown in high stations.

Edmund Burke

Patience will achieve more than force.

Edmund Burke

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.

Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mond of all its poers of acting and reasoning as fear.

Edmund Burke

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.

Edmund Burke
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