Quotes by: Edmund Burke

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He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Edmund Burke
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.
Edmund Burke
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.
Edmund Burke
He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
Edmund Burke
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
Edmund Burke
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
Edmund Burke
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Edmund Burke
Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke
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.
Edmund Burke
It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.
Edmund Burke
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
Edmund Burke
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
Edmund Burke
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