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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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
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.
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.
Source: Speech on the Conciliation of America. Vol. ii. P. 123.
People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. p. 274.
He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
Source: Reflections on the Revolution in France. Vol. iii. P. 453.
Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.
There never was a bad man that had ability for good service.
Source: Speech in opening the Impeachment of Warren Hastings, Third Day. Vol. x. p. 54.
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