1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
Edmund Burke – [Tolerance]
Tyrants seldom want pretexts.
Edmund Burke – [Tyranny]
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations — wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.
Edmund Burke – [Drugs]
We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.
Edmund Burke – [Change]
We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.
Edmund Burke – [Applause]
What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
Edmund Burke – [Unity]
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 – [Rules]
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Edmund Burke – [Alliances]
When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.
Edmund Burke – [Freedom]
When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.
Edmund Burke – [Elections]
Whenever our neighbor's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.
Edmund Burke – [Caution]
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 – [Shame]
You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke – [Planning]
Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.
Edmund Burke – [America]
Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
Edmund Burke – [Politicians and Politics]