Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

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.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke

Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman, but he cannot make a gentleman.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letter to William Smith, 29 Jan. 1795

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on achievement and time

When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on good, men, sacrifice, and struggle

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent. Vol. i.P. 526.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on good and order

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Good order is the foundation of all things.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. 1790

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on change

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A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790

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