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EDMUND BURKE
Irish orator and statesman
(1729 - 1797)
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No sound ought to be heard in the church but the healing voice of Christian charity.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Charity]

Prejudice renders a man's virtue his habit, and a series of unconnected arts. Though just prejudice, his duty becomes a part of his nature.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Prejudice]

That chastity of honour which felt a stain like a wound.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Chastity]

The age of chivalry is gone.--That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Chivalry : Past]

The body of all true religion consists, to be sure, in obedience to the will of the Sovereign of the world, in a confidence in His declarations, and in imitation of His perfections.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Religion]

The men of England--the men, I mean of light and leading in England.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [England]

To execute laws is a royal office; to execute orders is not to be a king. However, a political executive magistracy, though merely such, is a great trust.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Public Trust]

Vice itself lost half its evil, by losing all its grossness.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Vice]

Wars are just to those to whom they are necessary.
  [Lat., Justa bella quibus necessaria.]
      - quoted by
        Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [War]

What shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Virtue]

Writers, especially when they act in a body and with one direction, have great influence on the public mind.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Authorship]

There ought to be system of manners in every nation which a well-formed mind would be disposed to relish. To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 100) [Love of Country]

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 274) [Ancestry]

The power of perpetuating our property in our families is one of the most valuable and interesting circumstances belonging to it, and that which tends most to the perpetuation of society itself. It makes our weakness subservient to our virtue; it grafts benevolence even upon avarice. The possession of family wealth and of the distinction which attends hereditary possessions (as most concerned in it,) are the natural securities for this transmission.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 298) [Ancestry]

Some decent regulated pre-eminence, some preference (not exclusive appropriation) given to birth, is neither unnatural, nor unjust, nor impolite.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 299) [Ancestry]

The unbought grace of life, the cheap defence of nations, the nurse of manly sentiment and heroic enterprise, is gone!
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 331) [Disgrace : Patriotism]

You had that action and counteraction which, in the natural and in the political world, from the reciprocal struggle of discordant powers draws out the harmony of the universe.
      - Reflexions on the Revolution in France
         (vol. III, p. 277) [Politics]

All government--indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act--is founded on compromise and barter.
      - Second Speech on Conciliation with America
        [Government]

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
      - Speech at a County Meeting at Bucks
        [Liberty]

But the religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principle of resistance, it is the dissidence of dissent, and the protestantism of the Protestant religion.
      - Speech on Conciliation with America
        [Religion]

It looks to me to be narrow and pedantic to apply the ordinary ideas of criminal justice to this great public contest. I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
      - Speech on Conciliation with America
         (Works, vol. II, p. 136) [Justice]

A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
      - Speech on Conciliation with America--Works
         (vol. II) [America]

Young man, there is America--which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners; yet shall, before you taste of death, show itself equal to the whole that commerce which now attracts the envy of the world.
      - Speech on Conciliation with America--Works
         (vol. II) [America]

But the concessions of the weak are the concessions of fear.
      - Speech on the Conciliation of America
        [Weakness]

I do not know the method of drawing up an indictment against an whole people.
      - Speech on the Conciliation of America
        [Law]


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