Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke

He was not merely a chip of the old block, but the old block itself.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On Pitt's First Speech, Feb. 26, 1781. From Wraxall's Memoirs, First Series, vol. i. p. 342.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on achievement, force, and patience

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France

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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on danger and liberty

The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away for expedients, and by parts.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on evil, losing, and vices

Vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 332.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on execution, laws, politics, and trust

To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 497.

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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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