Edmund Burke

(1729_1797 / Dublin)

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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 latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the "Old Whigs", in opposition to the pro–French Revolution "New Whigs", led by Charles James Fox.

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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.
  • ''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.
  • ''The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Letter, April 3, 1777, to the sheriffs of Bristol.
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