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
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
Source: Preface to Brissot's Address. Vol. v. p. 67.
I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 136.
No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
Source: Speech on the Petition of the Unitarians. Vol. vii. p. 50.
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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