Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke

I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xiv. vol. i. p. 118.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on mistakes

Nobody makes a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on circumstances, departure, justice, lies, society, and suspicion

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on humanity, justice, laws, nations, and nature

There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity-the law of nature, and of nations.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Impeachment of W. Hastings, 28 May 1794

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on laws and tyranny

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech, Bristol previous to the Election, 1780

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on humanity, justice, lawyers, and reason

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 (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech, Conciliation w America, 22 Mar. 1775

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on change, order, and society

Those who attempt to level never equalize. In all societies some description must be uppermost. The levellers, therefore, only change and pervert the natural order of things; they load the edifice of society by setting up in the air what the solidity of the structure requires to be on the ground.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on liberty and order

Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on delusion and people

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech at County Meeting of Bucks, 1784.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on existence, liberty, order, and virtue

The only liberty I mean, is a liberty connected with order; that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech, Bristol, 13 Oct. 1774

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