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Edmund Burke Quotes

(1729-1797), British Political Writer, Statesman

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

Category: Planning

You can never plan the future by the past.

Category: Planning

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.

Category: Politicians And Politics

Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.

Category: Politicians And Politics

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.

Category: Politicians And Politics

Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

Category: Politicians And Politics

I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.

Category: Power

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.

Category: Power

Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.

Category: Praise

A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.

Category: Rebellion

People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.

Category: Relationships

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.

Category: Religion

In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.

Category: Repression

Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.

Category: Restraint

When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.

Category: Rules