Edmund Burke Quotes

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

Edmund Burke

It is one of the finest problems in legislation, what the state ought to take upon itself to direct and what it ought to leave, with as little interference as possible, to individual discretion.

Edmund Burke

Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.

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

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

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

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

Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil.

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
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