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EDMUND BURKE
Irish orator and statesman
(1729 - 1797)
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A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood.
      - [Conscience]

A great deal of the furniture of ancient tyranny is torn to rags; the rest is entirely out of fashion.
      - [Tyranny]

A great revolution has happened--a revolution made, not by chopping and changing of power in any of the existing states, but by the appearance of a new state of a new species, in a new part of the globe. It has made as great a change in all the relations and balances and gravitations of power as the appearance of a new planet would in the system of the solar world.
      - [Discovery Day]

A jealous lover lights his torch from the firebrand of the fiend.
      - [Jealousy]

A nation without the means of reform is without the means of survival.
      - [Survival]

A speculative despair is unpardonable where it our duty to act.
      - [Despair]

A state without some means of change is without the means of its conservation.
      - [Change]

A true artist should put a generous deceit on the spectators, and effect the noblest designs :by easy methods.
      - [Art]

A very good part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words.
      - [Words]

Alas, the incertitude of the law!
      - [Law]

All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.
      - [Law]

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
      - [Corruption]

An appearance of delicacy, and even of fragility, is almost essential to beauty.
      - [Beauty : Delicacy]

An enlightened self-interest, which, when well understood, they tell us will identify with an interest more enlarged and public.
      - [Public]

An entire life of solitude contradicts the purpose of our being, since death itself is scarcely an idea of more terror.
      - [Solitude]

An extreme rigor is sure to arm everything against it.
      - [Oppression]

As those things which engage us merely by their novelty cannot attach us for any length of time, curiosity is the most superficial of all the affections.
      - [Curiosity]

As to great and commanding talents, they are the gift of providence in some way unknown to us. They rise where they are least expected. They fail when everything seems disposed to produce them, or at least to call them forth.
      - [Talent]

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.
      - [Tyranny]

Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposing beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field.
      - [Blustering]

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions than ruined by too confident a security.
      - [Proverbs]

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
      - [Perseverance]

By looking into physical causes our minds are opened and enlarged; and in this pursuit, whether we take or whether we lose the game, the chase is certainly of service.
      - [Exercise]

By the disposition of a stupendous wisdom, moulding together the great mysterious incorporation of the human race, the whole, at one time, is never old, or middle-aged, or young; but, in a condition of unchangeable constancy, moves on through the varied tenor of perpetual decay, fall, renovation, and progression.
      - [Progress]

Contempt is not a thing to be despised. It may be borne with a calm and equal mind, but no man, by lifting his head high, can pretend that he does not perceive the scorns that are poured down on him from above.
      - [Contempt]


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