Edmund Burke

1729 - 1797

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 custom

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Custom reconciles us to everything.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: On the Sublime and Beautiful. Sect. xviii. vol. i. p. 231.

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A Quote by Edmund Burke on dissent, principles, protestantism, and religion

The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 123.

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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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A Quote by Edmund Burke on ability, good, and service

There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.

Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797)

Source: Speech in opening the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, Third Day. Vol. x. p. 54.

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