Quotes by: Edmund Burke

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Edmund Burke
Painting of Edmund Burke MP c. 1767,
studio of Joshua Reynolds (1723–1792)
Born 12 January 1729
Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland
Died 9 July 1797(1797-07-09) (aged 68)
Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, Kingdom of Great Britain
Alma mater Trinity College, Dublin
Era Eighteenth century philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Conservative liberalism, Conservatism
Main interests
Social and political philosophy

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
Edmund Burke
It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.
Edmund Burke
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke
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.
Edmund Burke
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.
Edmund Burke
If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
Edmund Burke
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
Edmund Burke
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Edmund Burke
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Edmund Burke
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Edmund Burke
Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.
Edmund Burke
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.
Edmund Burke
But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
Edmund Burke
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
Edmund Burke
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
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