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Edmund Burke (12 January 1729– 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist and philosopher who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.

He is mainly remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The ... more »

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  • ''The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. letter, Feb. 26, 1790.
  • ''A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775. On conciliation with America.
  • In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish; and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are fin...
    Edmund Burke (1729-97), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, at Bristol, prior to the 1780 election. Published in Works, vol. 2 (1899).
  • ''An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, May 5, 1789, Westminster Hall, London, at the impeachment of Warren Hastings.
  • ''They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. speech, Feb. 11, 1780, to the House of Commons.
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