Edmund Burke Quotes

If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.

Edmund Burke

I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observation of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.

Edmund Burke

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security.

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

A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

Edmund Burke

Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom.

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

If any ask me what a free Government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so, and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter.

Edmund Burke

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

Edmund Burke

All government indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter.

Edmund Burke

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

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

The person who grieves, suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.

Edmund Burke

The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is Curiosity.

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

There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world.

Edmund Burke

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