Edmund Burke

12 Jan 1729 // 9 Jul 1797
Statesman / Author / Orator/ Philosopher


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The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations
The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth
Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation
Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement
Passion for fame: a passion which is the instinct of all great souls
Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity
Laws, like houses, lean on one another
It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority
I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."