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Edmund Burke Quotes

(1729-1797), British Political Writer, Statesman

When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.

Category: Freedom

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

Category: Government

Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state.

Category: Greatness

The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.

Category: Greatness

People will not look forward to posterity who will not look backward to their ancestors.

Category: History And Historians

In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars.

Category: Inheritance

To innovate is not to reform.

Category: Innovation

Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.

Category: Law And Lawyers

In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.

Category: Law And Lawyers

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

Category: Law And Lawyers

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

Category: Law And Lawyers

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.

Category: Law And Lawyers

The people never give up their liberties, but under some delusion.

Category: Liberty

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.

Category: Liberty

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.

Category: Liberty