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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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.
Source: Speech, Bristol, 13 Oct. 1774
The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away for expedients, and by parts.
Vice itself lost half its evil by losing all its grossness.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 332.
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.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 497.
The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 331.
The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
Source: Preface to Brissot's Address. Vol. v. p. 67.
I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 136.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
Source: Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians. Vol. vii. p. 50.
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