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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
by Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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

You can never plan the future by the past.
- Edmund Burke

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
- 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

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

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

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Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
- Edmund Burke

Patience will achieve more than force.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
- Edmund Burke

Good order is the foundation of all things.
- Edmund Burke

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

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

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

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
- Edmund Burke

Mere parsimony is not economy.
Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
- Edmund Burke

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.
- Edmund Burke

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

Free trade is not based on utility but on justice.
- Edmund Burke

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows,
and of lending existence to nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice,
neither, in my opinion, is safe.
- 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

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

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

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
- Edmund Burke

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

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- Edmund Burke

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling;
it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
- Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
- Edmund Burke

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

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

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free;
if our wealth commands us,
we are poor indeed.
- Edmund Burke

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
- Edmund Burke

It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that
men discover their real temper,
principles, and designs.
- Edmund Burke

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a
selfish temper and confined views.
People will not look forward to posterity,
who never look backward to their ancestors.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- Edmund Burke

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

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- Edmund Burke

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth
should be found everywhere.
- Edmund Burke

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
- Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
- Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

Your representative owes you, not his industry only,
but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving
you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
- Edmund Burke

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

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind,
is curiosity.
- Edmund Burke

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

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise
of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
- Edmund Burke

The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please:
we ought to see what it will please them to do,
before we risk congratulations.
- 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

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
- Edmund Burke

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- Edmund Burke

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Edmund Burke

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
- Edmund Burke

The march of the human mind is slow.
- Edmund Burke

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
- Edmund Burke

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
- Edmund Burke

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

Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
- 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

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

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!
- Edmund Burke

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

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Edmund Burke

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

All human laws are, properly speaking,
only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
- Edmund Burke

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke


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