Edmund Burke

(1729_1797 / Dublin)

Edmund Burke Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).
  • ''Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom; and a great empire and little minds go ill together.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech, March 22, 1775, House of Commons, London. Speech on Conciliation with America: The Thirteen Resolutions, Works, vol. 2 (1899).
  • ''All government—indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act—is founded on compromise and barter.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. Speech on Conciliation with America, March 22, 1775.
  • ''Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. speech, Nov. 3, 1774. Speech to the Electors of Bristol, Works, vol. 2 (1899).
  • ''Custom reconciles us to everything.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. The Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, pt. 4, sct. 18 (1756).
  • ''Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. The Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Introduction (1756).
  • ''No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.''
    Edmund Burke (1729-1797), Irish philosopher, statesman. The Origin of our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, pt. 2, ch. 2 (1756).

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