Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who, after moving to London, served as a member of parliament (MP) for many years in the House of Commons with the Whig Party.

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Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows and of lending existence to nothing.

But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils, for it is folly vice and madness without tuition or restraint.

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is curiosity.

The greater the power the more dangerous the abuse.

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise it costs nothing.

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do, but what humanity reason and justice tell me I ought to do.

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away for expedience and by parts.

Education is the cheap defense of nations.

All government indeed every human benefit and enjoyment every virtue and every prudent act is founded on compromise and barter.

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

You can never plan the future by the past.

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

To tax and to please no more than to love and to be wise is not given to men.

Sin has many tools but a lie is the handle which fits them all.

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