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Irish orator and statesman
(1729 - 1797)
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He was not merely a chip of the old Block, but the old Block itself.
      - About Wm. Pitt-Wraxall's Memoirs
         (vol. II, p. 342) [Character]

Resolved to die in the last dyke of prevarication.
      - Impeachment of Warren Hastings [Lying]

There was an ancient Roman lawyer, of great fame in the history of Roman jurisprudence, whom they called Cui Bono, from his having first introduced into judicial proceedings the argument, "What end or object could the party have had in the act with which he is accused."
      - Impeachment of Warren Hastings [Law]

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

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
      - Letter I--On a Regicide Peace
         (vol. V, p. 331) [Example]

You can never plan the future by the past.
      - Letter to a Member of the National Assembly
         (vol. IV, p. 55) [Future]

I would rather sleep in the southern corner of a little country churchyard, than in the tombs of the Capulets.
      - Letter to Matthew Smith [Graves]

Turn over a new leaf.
      - Letter to Miss Haviland
        [Proverbial Phrases]

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.
      - Letters--Letter I--On a Regicide Peace

Chapter of accidents.
      - Notes for Speeches (vol. II, p. 426),
        (1852 edition) [Accident]

There is however a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue.
      - Observations on a Late Publication on the Present State of the Nation

They made and recorded a sort of institute and digest of anarchy, called the rights of man.
      - On the Army Estimates (vol. III, p. 221)

The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion, as makes it impossible on ordinary occasion to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity.
      - On the Sublime and the Beautiful--Magnificence

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
      - Philosophical Inquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge.
      - Preface to Brissot's Address
         (vol. V, p. 67) [Judges]

It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration.
      - Prior's Life of Burke [Comparison]

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would by my standard of a statesman.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

All persons possessing any portion of power ought to be strongly and awfully impressed with an idea that they act in trust, and that they are to account for their conduct in that trust to the one great Master, Author, and Founder of society.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France
        [Public Trust]

But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Learning will be cast into the mire and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

Men who undertake considerable things, even in a regular way, ought to give us ground to presume ability.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

No man can mortgage his injustice as a pawn for his fidelity.
      - Reflections on the Revolution in France

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