Edmund Burke Quotes

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

22 Choice Quotes from Edmund Burke - Swatantrata Center

Thinking about the scarcity of true influential centrist thinkers of history, Edmund Burke came up. One of his most famous piece of works was about natural rights inspired because the French Revolution, the French Declaration of the Rights Of Man and of the Citizen and the US Declaration of Independence positives took concepts from his ideas. But then he wrote another book where he argued against what he initially started and people eventually labelled him as a conservative.

  • Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
  • No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
  • Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.
  • If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
  • It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do.
  • He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
  • The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
  • Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
  • Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
  • Our patience will achieve more than our force.
  • Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
  • Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.
  • We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.
  • There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.
  • Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
  • I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.
  • Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.
  • Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.
  • Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.
  • It is generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles and design.

The Irish born statemen has a perspective that is both fair and honest in my opinion. Also developing the term sublime, a lot of his writing reflects that. Investing in individuals of courage who challenge the norms to get absolute truths is way more important then modern-day partisans in their games of ego and division.



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