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“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
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“Woman is not made to be the admiration of all, but the happiness of one.”
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“Those who don't know history are doomed to repeat it.”
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“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
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“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.”
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“Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.”
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“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”
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“Never apologise for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologise for the truth.”
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“But what is liberty without wisdom and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint. Those who know what virtuous liberty is, cannot bear to see it disgraced by incapable heads, on account of their having high-sounding words in their mouths.”
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“Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods."

[Preface to Brissot's Address to His Constituents (1794)]”
Edmund Burke, On Empire, Liberty, and Reform: Speeches and Letters
“It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
“When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.”
Edmund Burke, Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents: Volume 1 Paperback: 001
“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”
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“There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.”
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“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.”
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“Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.”
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“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free. If our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”
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“Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.”
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“Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.”
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“It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.”
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“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, Speech on Conciliation with America
“People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.”
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“Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.”
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
“There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.”
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“Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites…in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.”
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“I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.”
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“Kings will be tyrants by policy when subjects are rebels from principle.”
Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
“As the rose-tree is composed of the sweetest flowers and the sharpest thorns, as the heavens are sometimes overcast—alternately tempestuous and serene—so is the life of man intermingled with hopes and fears, with joys and sorrows, with pleasure and pain.”
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“They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.”
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“The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again; and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered.”
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