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.
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.
Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 116.
Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman, but he cannot make a gentleman.
Source: Letter to William Smith, 29 Jan. 1795
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