Edmund Burke

(1729_1797 / Dublin)

Edmund Burke Quotes

  • ''To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
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  • ''Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''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).
  • ''A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve, taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790).
  • ''A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 19, ed. Pocock (1790).
  • ''A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 29, ed. Pocock (1790).
  • ''To be attached to the subdivision, to love the little platoon we belong to in society, is the first principle (the germ as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the series by which we proceed toward a love to our country and to mankind.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish Protestant political writer. Reflections on the Revolution in France, p. 41, ed. Pocock (1790).
  • ''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).
  • ''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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