Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke on principles

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 334.

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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on imagination and silence

Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray, to not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France.Vol. iii. P. 344.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on justice, liberty, and separation

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

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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