Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke on nations

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By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on indifference, infidelity, and religion

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letter to William Smith, 29 Jan. 1795

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on religion and writers

The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: A Vindication of Natural Society. Preface, vol. i, p. 7.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on authority, exercise, and jobs

In their nomination to office they will not appoint to the exercise of authority as to a pitiful job, but as to a holy function.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 356.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on age, beginning, chivalry, disaster, dreams, honor, insults, joy, justice, life, men, nations, thought, and vision

It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles; and surely never lighted on this orb, which she hardly seemed to touch, a more delightful vision. I saw her just above the horizon, decorating and cheering the elevated sphere she just began to move in,-glittering like the morning star full of life and splendour and joy. . . . Little did I dream that I should have lived to see such disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men,-in a nation of men of honour and of cavaliers. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone; that of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 331.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on learning

Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 335.

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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on abuse, danger, and power

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Middlesex Election, 1771

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