Edmund Burke

Writer, Politician, Journalist, Philosopher

January 12, 1729 - July 9, 1797

January 12, 1729 - July 9, 1797

Writer, Politician, Journalist, Philosopher


78 Greatest Quotes By Edmund Burke

The essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws. Edmund Burke
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety. Edmund Burke
Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke
The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions. Edmund Burke
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites. Edmund Burke
Ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke
The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke
A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Edmund Burke
The Fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men. Edmund Burke
People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. Edmund Burke
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke
Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society. Edmund Burke
Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling; it never forgives preaching of a new gospel. Edmund Burke
Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength. Edmund Burke
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. Edmund Burke
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things. Edmund Burke
All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Edmund Burke
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature. Edmund Burke
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. Edmund Burke
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke
The traveller has reached the end of the journey! Edmund Burke
There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief. Edmund Burke
Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one. Edmund Burke
Men love to hear of their power, but have an extreme disrelish to be told their duty. Edmund Burke
There is nothing that God has judged good for us that He has not given us the means to accomplish, both in the natural and the moral world. Edmund Burke
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Edmund Burke
Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. Edmund Burke
It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke
They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance. Edmund Burke
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. 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
It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke
When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear. Edmund Burke
Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. 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
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
Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe. Edmund Burke
To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. Edmund Burke
To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely. Edmund Burke
Those who have been intoxicated with power... can never willingly abandon it. Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it's yellow. Edmund Burke
The human mind is often, and I think it is for the most part, in a state neither of pain nor pleasure, which I call a state of indifference. 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
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. Edmund Burke
Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil. Edmund Burke
They [Americans] augur misgovernment at a distance and snuff the approach of tyranny in every tainted breeze. Edmund Burke