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Edmund Burke, Irish Statesman ( January 12, 1729 - July 9, 1797 )

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

Good Men Evil

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

Education Eating Without

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.~Edmund Burke

Good People Silent

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

Power Abuse Dangerous

The traveller has reached the end of the journey!~Edmund Burke

Travel Journey End

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

Curiosity Mind Emotion

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

Limits Principal Riches

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

Nothing Hypocrisy Go

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.~Edmund Burke

Wine Men Beer

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

History Know Repeat

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

Life Mistake Nothing

People crushed by laws, have no hope but to evade power. If the laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to the law; and those who have most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.~Edmund Burke

Hope Power Law

Beauty is the promise of happiness.~Edmund Burke

Happiness Beauty Promise

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

Justice Great Society

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

Skill He Us

Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.~Edmund Burke

Religion Minds Feeble

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

Government Nothing Unjust

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

Work Moving On You

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

Love Country Lovely

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

Democracy Most Cruel

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

Age Forever Glory

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

Age Youth Arrogance

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

Slavery Weed Soil

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

Welfare Loudest Most

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

Art Religion Man

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.~Edmund Burke

Flattery Corrupts Receiver