Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

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 grace, heroism, life, nations, and sentimentality

The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise is gone.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 331.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on judgment

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Preface to Brissot's Address. Vol. v. p. 67.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on people

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I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 136.

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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 fear and weakness

The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. p. 108.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on contempt

Contempt is not a thing to be despised.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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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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