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
Contributed by: Zaady
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
Source: Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians. Vol. vii. p. 50.
Fiction lags after truth, invention is unfruitful, and imagination cold and barren.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 116.
Somebody has said, that a king may make a nobleman, but he cannot make a gentleman.
Source: Letter to William Smith, 29 Jan. 1795
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
The concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. p. 108.
Contempt is not a thing to be despised.
It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
Source: Prior's Life of Burke. 14
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