Quotes of Edmund Burke

“ Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the Gods. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ You can never plan the future by the past. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ An event had happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Our patience will achieve more than our force. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Our patience will achieve more than our force. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Never, no, never did nature say one thing and wisdom another. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ People never give up their liberties but under some delusion. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Falsehood is a perennial spring. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Our patience will achieve more than our force. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ 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. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having highsounding words in their mouths. ”

- Edmund Burke

“ Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." [Preface to Brissot's Address to His Constituents (1794)] ”

- Edmund Burke

“ 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. ”

- Edmund Burke
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