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

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.


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


The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind, is curiosity.


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


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


Good order is the foundation of all things.


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


Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.


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


Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.


When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.


Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.


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


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.


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.


Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.


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


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


Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.


Mere parsimony is not economy. Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.


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