Edmund Burke Quotes


"Good order is the foundation of all things."

"Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny."

"Beauty is the promise of happiness."

"Education is the cheap defense of nations."

"Never despair; but if you do, work on in despair."

"Our patience will achieve more than our force."

"Facts are to the mind what food is to the body."

"Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver."

"Liberty, too, must be limited in order to be possessed."

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

"Superstition is the religion of feeble minds."

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

"It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact."

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."

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

"One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good."

"By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation."

"Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist."

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

"Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement."

"Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all."

"Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other."

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

"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion."

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

"What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man."

"Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found."

"There never was a bad man that had ability for good service."

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

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

"Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity."

"All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities."

"A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation."

"No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear."

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

"Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe."

"He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper."

"No one could make a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little."

"It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do."

"If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed."

"Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation."

"Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises; it costs nothing."

"There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination."

"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

"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."

"There is but one law for all, namely, that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity the law of nature, and of nations."

Compiled by Thomas George
editor@Wisdom-of-the-Wise.com