Edmund Burke

(1729_1797 / Dublin)

Edmund Burke Quotes

  • ''Circumstances ... give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing colour and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
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  • ''I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).
  • ''Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).
  • ''Learning will be cast into the mire, and trodden down under the hoofs of a swinish multitude.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).
  • ''Whilst shame keeps its watch, virtue is not wholly extinguished in the heart; nor will moderation be utterly exiled from the minds of tyrants.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790). Of the aftermath of the French Revolution.
  • ''Whenever our neighbour's house is on fire, it cannot be amiss for the engines to play a little on our own.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).
  • ''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.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790), repr. In Works, vol. 3 (1865).

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