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
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Source: Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontent. Vol. i.P. 526.
Good order is the foundation of all things.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. 1790
A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France, 1790
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 169.
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.
There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
Custom reconciles us to everything.
Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xviii. vol. i. p. 231.
The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 123.
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