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

 

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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.
~ Edmund Burke - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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I know of nothing sublime which is not some modification of power.
~ Edmund Burke - [Power]

 

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Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, never can willingly abandon it. They may be distressed in the midst of all their power; but they will never look to anything but power for their relief.
~ Edmund Burke - [Power]

 

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

 

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People must be taken as they are, and we should never try make them or ourselves better by quarreling with them.
~ Edmund Burke - [Relationships]

 

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Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference which is, at least, half infidelity.
~ Edmund Burke - [Religion]

 

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In the groves of their academy, at the end of every vista, you see nothing but the gallows.
~ Edmund Burke - [Repression]

 

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Restraint and discipline and examples of virtue and justice. These are the things that form the education of the world.
~ Edmund Burke - [Restraint]

 

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When ancient opinions and rules of life are taken away, the loss cannot possibly be estimated. From that moment, we have no compass to govern us, nor can we know distinctly to what port to steer.
~ Edmund Burke - [Rules]

 

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

 

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

 

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In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature.
~ Edmund Burke - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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Laws, like houses, lean on one another.
~ Edmund Burke - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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 must to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.
~ Edmund Burke - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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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 - [Law and Lawyers]

 

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