Edmund Burke
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"Edmund Burke" Privy Council of Great Britain/PC, pp. 16–17. Conor Cruise O'Brien (2008; p. 14) questions Burke's birthplace as having been in Dublin, arguing in favour of Shanballymore, Co. Cork (in the house of his uncle, James Nagle).

-->9 July 1797) was an Irish


--> statesman born in Dublin; author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig (British political party)/Whig party.

Mainly, he is remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig (British political party)/Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro–French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox.

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

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

He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

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

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.

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

Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science; a partnership in all art; a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.

You can never plan the future by the past.

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

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.

Good order is the foundation of all things.

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

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

Bad law is the worst sort of tyranny.

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

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.

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.

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.

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.

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

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.

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.

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

Fraud is the ready minister of injustice.

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

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

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

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

Education is the cheap defense of nations.