Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

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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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on compromise, government, prudence, and virtue

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 169.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on inspiration

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Prior's Life of Burke. 14

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on caution, courage, fear, prudence, and wisdom

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on custom

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Custom reconciles us to everything.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xviii. vol. i. p. 231.

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