Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke


Author Profession: Politics edit data Edmund Burke was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who served for many years in the British House of Commons as a member of the Whig party.
Born: January 12, 1729
Died: July 09, 1797
Birth Sign: Capricorn


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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.

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

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.

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.

You can never plan the future by the past.

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.

Good order is the foundation of all things.

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.

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

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

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.

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