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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)

  • Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership in all science a partnership in all art a partnership in every virtue, and in all perfection. As the ends of such a partnership cannot be obtained in many generations, it becomes a partnership not only between those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • The credulity of dupes is as inexhaustible as the invention of knaves
    (Edmund Burke)

  • A nation is not conquered which is perpetually to be conquered.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static.
    (Edmund Burke)


  • There is a courageous wisdom there is also a false reptile prudence, the result, not of caution, but of fear.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • Superstition is the religion of feeble minds.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • The marketplace obliges men, whether they will or not, in pursuing their own selfish interests, to connect the general good with their own individual success
    (Edmund Burke)

  • The nerve that never relaxes, the eye that never blanches, the thought that never wanders, the purpose that never wavers - these are the masters of victory.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • 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)

  • A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • In doing good, we are generally cold, and languid, and sluggish and of all things afraid of being too much in the right. But the works of malice and injustice are quite in another style. They are finished with a bold, masterly hand touched as they are with the spirit of those vehement passions that call forth all our energies, whenever we oppress and persecute.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • 'War,' says Machiavelli, 'ought to be the only study of a prince' and by a prince he means every sort of state, however constituted. 'He ought,' says this great political doctor, 'to consider peace only as a breathing-time, which gives him leisure to contrive, and furnishes ability to execute military plans. 'A meditation on the conduct of political societies made old Hobbes imagine that war was the state of nature.
    (Edmund Burke)

  • History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.
    (Edmund Burke)


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