Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

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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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 acting, fear, mind, and passion

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on fear, motherhood, and safety

Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians. Vol. vii. p. 50.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on fiction, imagination, inventions, and truth

Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 116.

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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.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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