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

Custom reconciles us to everything.


Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.


Falsehood is a perennial spring.


Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.


People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.


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


Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.


People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.


Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.


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


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


Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.


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.


Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.


Ambition can creep as well as soar.


The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.


Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.


All human laws are, properly speaking, only declaratory; they have no power over the substance of original justice.


To innovate is not to reform.


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