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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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.
Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France
Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new impositions; any bungler can add to the old; but is it altogether wise to have no other bounds to your impositions than the patience of those who are to bear them?
Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent. Vol. i. p. 456.
In such a strait the wisest may well be perplexed and the boldest staggered.
Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent. Vol. i.P. 516.
Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.
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