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The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
by Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

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No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers
of acting and reasoning as fear.
- Edmund Burke

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
- Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past.
- Edmund Burke

 

Beauty is the promise of happiness.
- Edmund Burke

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man.
Man is not a finished creation.
- Edmund Burke

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings;
but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
- Edmund Burke

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When bad men combine, the good must associate;
else they will fall one by one,
an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
- Edmund Burke

Falsehood is a perennial spring.
- Edmund Burke

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice,
neither, in my opinion, is safe.
- Edmund Burke

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.
- Edmund Burke

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.
- Edmund Burke

I venture to say no war can be long carried on against the will of the people.
- Edmund Burke

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.
- Edmund Burke

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.
- Edmund Burke

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
- Edmund Burke

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.
- Edmund Burke

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing
because he could do only a little.
- Edmund Burke

Passion for fame: A passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
- Edmund Burke

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.
- Edmund Burke

Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
- Edmund Burke

To innovate is not to reform.
- Edmund Burke

All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win
in the world is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order.
It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.
- Edmund Burke

In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable
of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.
- Edmund Burke

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

It is the nature of all greatness not to be exact.
- Edmund Burke

It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do;
but what humanity,
reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
- Edmund Burke

The first and simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind,
is curiosity.
- Edmund Burke

If you can be well without health, you may be happy without virtue.
- Edmund Burke

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
- Edmund Burke

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
- Edmund Burke

There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law,
the law of our Creator, the law of humanity,
justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations.
- Edmund Burke

Those who don't know history are destined to repeat it.
- Edmund Burke

Our patience will achieve more than our force.
- Edmund Burke

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

It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest
complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
- Edmund Burke

Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
- Edmund Burke

One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to good.
- Edmund Burke

A disposition to preserve, and an ability to improve,
taken together, would be my standard of a statesman.
- Edmund Burke

Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are rebels from principle.
- Edmund Burke

Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.
- Edmund Burke

Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society;
and any eminent departure from it,
under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
- Edmund Burke

He had no failings which were not owing to a noble cause;
to an ardent,
generous, perhaps an immoderate passion for fame;
a passion which is the instinct of all great souls.
- Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.
- Edmund Burke

Ambition can creep as well as soar.
- Edmund Burke

The most important of all revolutions,
a revolution in sentiments, manners and moral opinions.
- Edmund Burke

Education is the cheap defense of nations.
- Edmund Burke

The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
- Edmund Burke

Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.
- Edmund Burke

Custom reconciles us to everything.
- Edmund Burke

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
- Edmund Burke

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

Patience will achieve more than force.
- Edmund Burke

If the people are happy, united, wealthy,
and powerful, we presume the rest.
We conclude that to be good from whence good is derived.
- Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.
- Edmund Burke

Sin has many tools, but a lie is the handle which fits them all.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.
- Edmund Burke

Good order is the foundation of all things.
- Edmund Burke

Mere parsimony is not economy.
Expense, and great expense, may be an essential part in true economy.
- Edmund Burke

Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise
of a mistaken and over-zealous piety.
- Edmund Burke

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises,
for never intending to go beyond promise,
it costs nothing.
- Edmund Burke

Magnanimity in politics is not seldom the truest wisdom;
and a great empire and little minds go ill together.
- Edmund Burke

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
- Edmund Burke

He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves,
and sharpens our skill.
Our antagonist is our helper.
- Edmund Burke

The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away,
for expedience, and by parts.
- Edmund Burke

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference.
- Edmund Burke

Society can overlook murder, adultery or swindling;
it never forgives preaching of a new gospel.
- Edmund Burke


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