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Edmund Burke
January 12, 1729 - July 9, 1797
Nationality: Irish
Category: Statesman
Subcategory: Irish Statesman

Beauty is the promise of happiness.


Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.


Laws, like houses, lean on one another.


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


A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.


Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.


He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause; to an ardent, generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame; a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.


To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.


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


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


The march of the human mind is slow.


Education is the cheap defense of nations.

    Topics: Education

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.


Tyrants seldom want pretexts.


It is, generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles, and designs.


All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.


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


In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.


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.


Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.


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