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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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
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.
It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
Source: Prior's Life of Burke. 14
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.
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