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Quotations by author » Edmund Burke
British Statesman and Philosopher, 1729-1797
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I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
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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.
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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
Government
If the grain were separated from the chaff, which fills the works of our national poets, what is truly valuable would be to what is useless in the proportion of a molehill to a mountain
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If the people are happy, united, wealthy, and powerful, we presume the rest. We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
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If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
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If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue
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In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority
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In all forms of government the people is the true legislator
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In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand; touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
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In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.
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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.
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In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.
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In this choice of inheritance we have given to our frame of polity the image of a relation in blood; binding up the constitution of our country with our dearest domestic ties; adopting our fundamental laws into the bosom of our family affections; keeping inseparable and cherishing with the warmth of all their combined and mutually reflected charities, our state, our hearths, our sepulchres, and our altars.
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It has all the contortions of the sibyl without the inspiration
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It is a general error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare
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It is hard to say whether the doctors of law or divinity have made the greater advances in the lucrative business of mystery.
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It is in the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere
BusinessWealth
It is necessary only for the good man to do nothing for evil to triumph.
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It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
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