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  • 51.
    Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).
  • 52.
    The march of the human mind is slow.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775, House of Commons, London. Second Speech on Conciliation with America: The Thirteen Resolutions, Works, vol. 2 (1899).
  • 53.
    It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. "The Present State of the Nation," Observations on a Publication (1769).
  • 54.
    The great must submit to the dominion of prudence and of virtue, or none will long submit to the dominion of the great.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Letter, May 26, 1795. The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, vol. 9, ed. Paul Langford (1991).
  • 55.
    Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Tracts Relating to Poperty Laws, ch. 3, pt. 1 (1765), repr. In The Writings and Speeches of Edmund Burke, vol. 9, ed. Paul Langford (1991).
  • 56.
    A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775, House of Commons, London. Second Speech on Conciliation with America: The Thirteen Resolutions, Works, vol. 2 (1899).

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  • 57.
    I do not know a method of drawing up an indictment against a whole people.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775, House of Commons, London. Second Speech on Conciliation with America: The Thirteen Resolutions, Works, vol. 2 (1899).

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  • 58.
    Young man, there is America, which at this day serves for little more than to amuse you with stories of savage men and uncouth manners.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775, House of Commons, London. Second Speech on Conciliation with America: The Thirteen Resolutions, Works, vol. 2 (1899).

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  • 59.
    We know, and it is our pride to know, that man is by his constitution a religious animal.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 80, ed. Pocock (1790).

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  • 60.
    But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 66, ed. Pocock (1790).

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