Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

A Quote by Edmund Burke on history, morality, nature, reason, spirit, and youth

All those instances to be found in history, whether real or fabulous, of a doubtful public spirit, at which morality is perplexed, reason is staggered, and from which affrighted Nature recoils, are their chosen and almost sole examples for the instruction of their youth.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Letter i. On a Regicide Peace. Vol. v.P. 311.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on falsehood

Falsehood is a perennial spring.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: 1774

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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on caution, courage, fear, prudence, and wisdom

There is a courageous wisdom; there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on people

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A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 117.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ancestry, people, and posterity

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 274.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on skill

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He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 453.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on anxiety, confidence, and security

Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

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