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 :: 1729-1797, British Political Writer, Statesman

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

 

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A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
~ Edmund Burke - [Nations]

 

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A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle, and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.
~ Edmund Burke - [America]

 

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A populace never rebels from passion for attack, but from impatience of suffering.
~ Edmund Burke - [Rebellion]

 

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A state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.
~ Edmund Burke - [Change]

 

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All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
~ Edmund Burke - [Compromise]

 

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Ambition can creep as well as soar.
~ Edmund Burke - [Ambition]

 

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Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
~ Edmund Burke - [Corruption]

 

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An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
~ Edmund Burke - [Scandal]

 

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And having looked to government for bread, on the very first scarcity they will turn and bite the hand that fed them. To avoid that evil, government will redouble the causes of it; and then it will become inveterate and incurable.
~ Edmund Burke - [Welfare]

 

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Applaud us when we run, Console us when we fall, Cheer us when we recover.
~ Edmund Burke - [Praise]

 

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Bad laws are the worst form of tyranny.
~ Edmund Burke - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.
~ Edmund Burke - [Perseverance]

 

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Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind.
~ Edmund Burke - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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Custom reconciles us to everything.
~ Edmund Burke - [Custom]

 

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Early and provident fear is the mother of safety.
~ Edmund Burke - [Safety]

 

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

 

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Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
~ Edmund Burke - [Flattery]

 

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Frugality is founded on the principal that all riches have limits.
~ Edmund Burke - [Economy and Economics]

 

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Good order is the foundation of all great things.
~ Edmund Burke - [Order]

 

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