A representative owes the People not only his industry, but his judgment, and he betrays them if he sacrifices it to their opinion.
Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)
Source: Quoted in the musical stage play 1776, Peter Stone & Sherman Edwards, 1964
Contributed by: CajunGypsy
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
Contributed by: Larry
All that is necessary for evil to triumph, is that good men do nothing
Contributed by: Lon
The more accurately we search into the human mind, the stronger traces we everywhere find of the wisdom of Him who made it.
Contributed by: Zaady
Education is the cheap defense of nations.
The wisdom of our ancestors.
Source: Observations on Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation. Vol. i. p. 516. Also in the Discussion on the Traitorous Correspondence Bill, 1793.
Never, no, never, did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.
Source: Letters on a Regicide Peace
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Source: When asked what he thought of Western civilization
My vigour relents,-I pardon something to the spirit of liberty.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 118.
I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
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