Edmund Burke Quotes

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
You can never plan the future by the past.
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
When bad men combine, the good must associate else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist in our helper.
The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
All that is necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
There is no safety for honest men but by believing all possible evil of evil men.
The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar minds -- success.
Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have right that these wants should be provided for, including the want of a sufficient restraint upon their passions.
History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
Ambition can creep as well as soar.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.
Never despair but if you do, work on in despair.
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
The wise determine from the gravity of the case the irritable, from sensibility to oppression the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.
Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.
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