Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
Quotations

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

Ambition can creep as well as soar.

We must not always judge of the generality of the opinion by the noise of the acclamation.

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

In the weakness of one kind of authority, and in the fluctuation of all, the officers of an army will remain for some time mutinous and full of faction, until some popular general, who understands the art of conciliating the soldiery, and who possesses the true spirit of command, shall draw the eyes of all men upon himself. Armies will obey him on his personal account. There is no other way of securing military obedience in this state of things.

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

It is the interest of the commercial world that wealth should be found everywhere.

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

When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.

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

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

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.



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