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Edmund Burke Quotes

(1729-1797), British Political Writer, Statesman

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

Category: Alliances

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

Category: Ambition

Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.

Category: America

A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

Category: America

We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.

Category: Applause

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.

Category: Aristocracy

In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.

Category: Army And Navy

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

Category: Business

Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.

Category: Caution

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

Category: Change

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

Category: Change

Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves.

Category: Civil Rights

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.

Category: Complaints And Complaining

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

Category: Compromise

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

Category: Corruption