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Edmund Burke Quotes

(1729-1797), British Political Writer, Statesman

I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever.

Category: Courage

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

Category: Curiosity

Custom reconciles us to everything.

Category: Custom

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

Category: Doubt

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations -- wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.

Category: Drugs

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.

Category: Economy And Economics

Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.

Category: Economy And Economics

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.

Category: Elections

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

Category: Evil

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other

Category: Example

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.

Category: Facts

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.

Category: Fame

The objects of a financier are, then, to secure an ample revenue; to impose it with judgment and equality; to employ it economically; and, when necessity obliges him to make use of credit, to secure its foundations in that instance, and for ever, by the clearness and candor of his proceedings, the exactness of his calculations, and the solidity of his funds.

Category: Finance

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.

Category: Flattery

The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.

Category: Force