Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke on government

And having looked to Government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Thoughts and Details on Scarcity. Vol. v. p. 156.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on people and war

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I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ability, doctors, execution, imagination, leisure, meditation, military, nature, peace, planning, politics, society, study, time, and war

"War," says Machiavelli, "ought to be the only study of a prince;" and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. "He ought," says this great political doctor, "to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. "A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: A Vindication of Natural Society. Vol. i. p. 15.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on power and wealth

All wealth is power, so power must infallibly draw wealth to itself by some means or other.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: 1789

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ancestry and wisdom

The wisdom of our ancestors.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on nature and wisdom

Never, no, never, did Nature say one thing and Wisdom say another.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letters on a Regicide Peace

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on evil, good, and men

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

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: When asked what he thought of Western civilization

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on anarchy

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They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the Rights of Man.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On the Army Estimates. Vol iii. p. 221.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke

A wise and salutary neglect.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 117.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on desires, elections, and hope

The worthy gentleman who has been snatched from us at the moment of the election, and in the middle of the contest, whilst his desires were as warm and his hopes as eager as ours, has feelingly told us what shadows we are, and what shadows we pursue.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech at Bristol on Declining the Poll. Vol. ii. p. 420.

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