Edmund Burke Quotes

Patience will achieve more than force. Edmund Burke

Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief. Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting. Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion. Edmund Burke

Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny. Edmund Burke

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman. Edmund Burke

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare. Edmund Burke

Contempt is not a thing to be despised. Edmund Burke

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity. Edmund Burke

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke

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

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. Edmund Burke

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts. Edmund Burke

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything. Edmund Burke

But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. Edmund Burke

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke

The cold neutrality of an impartial judge. Edmund Burke

The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great. Edmund Burke

Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all. Edmund Burke

Well is it known that ambition can creep as well as soar. Edmund Burke

Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found. Edmund Burke

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

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

Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart. Edmund Burke

Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world. Edmund Burke