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

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Patience will achieve more than force. Edmund Burke

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And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable. Edmund Burke

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Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits. Edmund Burke

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People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them. Edmund Burke

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The yielding of the weak is the concession to fear. Edmund Burke

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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

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When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe. Edmund Burke

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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver. Edmund Burke

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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows. Edmund Burke

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I did not obey your instructions. No. I conformed to the instructions of truth and Nature, and maintained your interest, against your opinions, with a constancy that became me. A representative worthy of you ought to be a person of stability. I am to look, indeed, to your opinions,but to such opinions as you and I must have five years hence. I was not to look to the flash of the day. I knew that you chose me, in my place, along with others, to be a pillar of the state, and not a weathercock on the top of the edifice, exalted for my levity and versatility, and of no use but to indicate the shiftings of every fashionable gale. Edmund Burke

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That the greatest security of the people, against the encroachments and usurpations of their superiors, is to keep the Spirit of Liberty constantly awake, is an undeniable truth. Edmund Burke

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You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke

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People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous. Edmund Burke

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Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state. Edmund Burke

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It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs. Edmund Burke

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Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites,in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity,in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption,in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. 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. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. Edmund Burke

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The distinguishing part of our Constitution is its liberty. To preserve that liberty inviolate seems the particular duty and proper trust of a member of the House of Commons. But the liberty, the only liberty, I mean is a liberty connected with order: that not only exists along with order and virtue, but which cannot exist at all without them. It inheres in good and steady government, as in its substance and vital principle. Edmund Burke

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In all forms of government the people is the true legislator. Edmund Burke

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If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. Edmund Burke

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The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth. Edmund Burke

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If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue. Edmund Burke

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Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle. Edmund Burke

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When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer. Edmund Burke

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Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants. Edmund Burke

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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil. Edmund Burke

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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. Edmund Burke

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Superstition is the religion of feeble minds. Edmund Burke

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Taxing is an easy business. Any projector can contrive new compositions, any bungler can add to the old. Edmund Burke

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To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men. Edmund Burke

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Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none. Edmund Burke

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There is a limit at which forbearance ceases to be a virtue. Edmund Burke

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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man. Edmund Burke

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Tyrants seldom want pretexts. Edmund Burke

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Fraud and prevarication are servile vices. They sometimes grow out of the necessities, always out of the habits, of slavish and degenerate spirits. It is an erect countenance, it is a firm adherence to principle, it is a power of resisting false shame and frivolous fear, that assert our good faith and honor, and assure to us the confidence of mankind. Edmund Burke

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A conscientious man would be cautious how he dealt in blood. Edmund Burke

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It is undoubtedly the business of ministers very much to consult the inclinations of the people, but they ought to take great care that they do not receive that inclination from the few persons who may happen to approach them. Edmund Burke

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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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It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere. Edmund Burke

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Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own. Edmund Burke

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We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature. Edmund Burke

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A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. Edmund Burke

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Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites; in proportion as their love to justice is above their rapacity; in proportion as their soundness and sobriety of understanding is above their vanity and presumption; in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Edmund Burke

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

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

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Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist. Edmund Burke

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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. That of sophists, economists and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is gone forever. Edmund Burke

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

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If any ask me what a free government is, I answer, that, for any practical purpose, it is what the people think so,and that they, and not I, are the natural, lawful, and competent judges of this matter. Edmund Burke

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Government is a contrivance of human wisdom to provide for human wants. Men have a right that these wants should be provided for by this wisdom. Edmund Burke