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People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will
be enemies to laws; and those who have much to hope and nothing to lose, will always be
dangerous.
Edmund Burke

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
Edmund Burke

Public life is a situation of power and energy; he trespasses against his duty who sleeps upon
his watch, as well as he that goes over to the enemy.
Edmund Burke

The only infallible criterion of wisdom to vulgar judgements: Success.
Edmund Burke

Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to
presume ability.
Edmund Burke

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
Edmund Burke

To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.
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.
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Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
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Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
Edmund Burke

When we speak of the commerce with our colonies, fiction lags after truth, invention is
unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
Edmund Burke

Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength.
Edmund Burke

I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real
misfortunes and pains of others.
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Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.
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I take toleration to be a part of religion. I do not know which I would sacrifice; I would keep
them both: It is not necessary that I should sacrifice either.
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Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
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Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
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If an idiot were to tell you the same story every day for a year, you would end by believing it.
Edmund Burke

Art is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are dead
and those who are yet to be born.
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The age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.
Edmund Burke

A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.
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Old religious factions are volcanoes burnt out.
Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most
anxious for its welfare.
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The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not
remove the necessity of subduing again: And a nation is not governed, which is perpetually
to be conquered.
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All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with
an idea that they act in trust and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to
the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society.
Edmund Burke

It cannot at this time be too often repeated; line upon line; precept upon precept; until it
comes into the currency of a proverb - to innovate is not to reform.
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Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
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Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
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No government ought to exist for the purpose of checking the prosperity of its people or to
allow such a principle in its policy.
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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.
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People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
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If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude
that to be good from whence good is derived.
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Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security.
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.
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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
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All who have ever written on government are unanimous, that among a people generally
corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
Edmund Burke

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