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Edmund Burke Quotes

(1729-1797), British Political Writer, Statesman

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

Category: Liberty

In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.

Category: Malice

Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe in.

Category: Manners

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.

Category: Mobs

A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.

Category: Nations

Spain: A whale stranded upon the coast of Europe.

Category: Nations

They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.

Category: Obstinacy

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial.

Category: Opposition

Good order is the foundation of all great things.

Category: Order

Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates; but parliament is a deliberative assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good, resulting from the general reason of the whole. You choose a member indeed; but when you have chosen him, he is not a member of Bristol, but he is a member of parliament.

Category: Parliament

Patience will achieve more than force.

Category: Patience

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Category: Patience

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.

Category: Patriotism

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

Category: People

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

Category: Perseverance