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Edmund Burke

Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)

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Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.

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The person who grieves suffers his passion to grow upon him; he indulges it, he loves it; but this never happens in the case of actual pain, which no man ever willingly endured for any considerable time.

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The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory.

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It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.

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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.

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Men have no right to put the well-being of the present generation wholly out of the question. Perhaps the only moral trust with any certainty in our hands is the care of our own time.

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Our patience will achieve more than our force.

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

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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but judgment; and he betrays, instead of serving you, if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

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

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Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.

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No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

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When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

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

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

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Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair.

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Bad law is the worst sort of tyranny.

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The wise determine from the gravity of the case; the irritable, from sensibility to oppression; the high minded, from disdain and indignation at abusive power in unworthy hands.

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I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of chivalry is gone.

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Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

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

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A man who works beyond the surface of things,though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others and may make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth.

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A man who works beyond the surface of things, though he may be wrong himself, yet he clears the way for others and may make even his errors subservient to the cause of truth.

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All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.

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You can never plan the future by the past.

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

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It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more efficiently, but more pleasantly. This forms our manners, our opinions, our lives.

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Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.

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