Edmund Burke Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Edmund Burke quotes and Edmund Burke sayings, and Edmund Burke proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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

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

"Falsehood is a perennial spring."

"Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver."

"Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny."

"Laws, like houses, lean on one another."

"You can never plan the future by the past."

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

"Slavery is a state so improper, so degrading, and so ruinous to the feelings and capacities of human nature, that it ought not to be suffered to exist."

"Death is natural to a man, but slavery unnatural; and the moment you strip a man of his liberty you strip him of all his virtues: you convert his heart into a dark hole, in which all the vices conspire against you."

"Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil."

"But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint."

"The most important of all revolutions, a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions."

"Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion."

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

"Genuine simplicity of heart is a healing and cementing principle."

"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse."

"Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none."

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

"The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvellous structure of reality."

"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."

"To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely."

"Water is insipid, inodorous, colorless and smooth."

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

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

"Great men are the guideposts and landmarks in the state."

"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse."

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

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

"Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting."

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