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Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke

Orator, thinker and statesman, Edmund Burke was an outspoken figure on major political issues in the mid 1700s. He is still considered an important historical figure in the field of political theory. Born in Dublin, Burke wrote several publications critiquing the British government, including "€œCause of the Present Discontents"€. He defended the British practice of colonialism, though he…

Date of Birth: January 12, 1729
Date of Death: July 09, 1797


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"Ambition can creep as well as soar." Edmund Burke
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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
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People    Relationships   

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"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." Edmund Burke
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Army    Army And Navy   

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"If the grain were separated from the chaff, which fills the works of our national poets, what is truly valuable would be to what is useless in the proportion of a molehill to a mountain" Edmund Burke
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"Next to love, sympathy is the divinest passion of the human heart" Edmund Burke
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Heart   

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"The religion most prevalent in our northern colonies is a refinement on the principles of resistance: it is the dissidence of dissent, and the Protestantism of the Protestant religion" Edmund Burke
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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
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Discipline   

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"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
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Art    Society   

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"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
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Circumstances    Irish Statesman   

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"The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion." Edmund Burke
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"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse." Edmund Burke
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"But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators, has succeeded; and the glory of Europe is extinguished for ever." Edmund Burke
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"The men of England, the men, I mean, of light and leading in England." Edmund Burke
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England   

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"He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict with difficulty helps us to an intimate acquaintance with our object, and compels us to consider it in all its relations. It will not suffer us to be superficial." Edmund Burke
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Conflict    Opposition   

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"Men are qualified for civil liberties in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their appetites: in proportion as their love of justice is above their rapacity" Edmund Burke
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Civil Rights   

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"I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pain of others" Edmund Burke
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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
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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
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"To drive men from independence to live on alms, is itself great cruelty" Edmund Burke
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"Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring withtheir importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle. . . chewthe cud and are silent, pray do not imagine that those who make thenoise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they aremany in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little,shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome _insects_ ofthe hour." Edmund Burke
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"Good order is the foundation of all good things" Edmund Burke
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