65 Edmund Burke Quotes On Success In Life

Edmund Burke (MP) between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons of Great Britain with the Whig Party after moving to London in 1750. This Edmund Burke quotes will motivate you.

Best Edmund Burke Quotes

  1. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke
  2. “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” ~ Edmund Burke
  3. “The hottest fires in hell are reserved for those who remain neutral in times of moral crisis.” ~ Edmund Burke
  4. “The essence of tyranny is the enforcement of stupid laws.” ~ Edmund Burke
  5. “The Fate of good men who refuse to become involved in politics is to be ruled by evil men.” ~ Edmund Burke
  6. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” ~ Edmund Burke
  7. “When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear.” ~ Edmund Burke

  8. “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites…in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” ~ Edmund Burke
  9. “Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.” ~ Edmund Burke
  10. “Silence is golden but when it threatens your freedom it’s yellow.” ~ Edmund Burke
  11. “In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.” ~ Edmund Burke
  12. “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
  13. “The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” ~ Edmund Burke

  14. “An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.” ~ Edmund Burke
  15. “Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.” ~ Edmund Burke
  16. “It is a general popular error to suppose the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.” ~ Edmund Burke
  17. “It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.” ~ Edmund Burke
  18. “All men have equal rights, but not to equal things.” ~ Edmund Burke
  19. “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
  20. “A coward’s courage is in his tongue.” ~ Edmund Burke

  21. “But what is liberty without wisdom, and without virtue? It is the greatest of all possible evils; for it is folly, vice, and madness, without tuition or restraint.” ~ Edmund Burke
  22. “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing as they must if they believe they can do nothing. There is nothing worse because the council of despair is declaration of irresponsibility; it is Pilate washing his hands.” ~ Edmund Burke Quotes
  23. “Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.” ~ Edmund Burke
  24. “This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature.” ~ Edmund Burke
  25. “By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.” ~ Edmund Burke
  26. “The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.” ~ Edmund Burke

  27. “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.” ~ Edmund Burke
  28. “The greatest sin is to do nothing because you can only do a little.” ~ Edmund Burke
  29. “There is no safety for honest men, but by believing all possible evil of evil men, and by acting with promptitude, decision, and steadiness on that belief.” ~ Edmund Burke
  30. “Despots govern by terror. They know that he who fears God fears nothing else; and therefore they eradicate from the mind, through their Voltaire, their Helvetius, and the rest of that infamous gang, that only sort of fear which generates true courage.” ~ Edmund Burke
  31. “The great difference between the real leader and the pretender is that the one sees into the future, while the other regards only the present; the one lives by the day, and acts upon expediency; the other acts on enduring principles and for the immortality.” ~ Edmund Burke
  32. “History is a pact between the dead, the living, and the yet unborn.” ~ Edmund Burke

  33. “Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.” ~ Edmund Burke
  34. “Freedom without virtue is not freedom but license to pursue whatever passions prevail in the intemperate mind; man’s right to freedom being in exact proportion to his willingness to put chains upon his own appetites; the less restraint from within, the more must be imposed from without.” ~ Edmund Burke
  35. “History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite.” ~ Edmund Burke
  36. “Evil prevails when good men fail to act.” ~ Edmund Burke
  37. “Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke

  38. “People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.” ~ Edmund Burke
  39. “People crushed by law, have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws; and those who have much hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.” ~ Edmund Burke
  40. “Manners are of more importance than laws. Manners are what vex or soothe, corrupt or purify, exalt or debase, barbarize or refine us, by a constant, steady, uniform, insensible operation, like that of the air we breathe.” ~ Edmund Burke
  41. “Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.” ~ Edmund Burke
  42. “To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” ~ Edmund Burke
  43. “To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.” ~ Edmund Burke

  44. “What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.” ~ Edmund Burke
  45. “Those who have been intoxicated with power… can never willingly abandon it.” ~ Edmund Burke
  46. “He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” ~ Edmund Burke
  47. “Our patience will achieve more than our force.” ~ Edmund Burke
  48. “The true danger is when liberty is nibbled away, for expedience, and by parts.” ~ Edmund Burke
  49. “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
  50. “Good order is the foundation of all things.” ~ Edmund Burke

  51. “They defend their errors as if they were defending their inheritance.” ~ Edmund Burke
  52. “Power gradually extirpates from the mind every humane and gentle virtue.” ~ Edmund Burke
  53. “Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.” ~ Edmund Burke
  54. “You can never plan the future by the past.” ~ Edmund Burke
  55. “Among a people generally corrupt liberty cannot long exist.” ~ Edmund Burke
  56. “Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.” ~ Edmund Burke
  57. “Education is the cheap defense of nations.” ~ Edmund Burke

  58. “Because half a dozen grasshoppers under a fern make the field ring with their importunate chink, whilst thousands of great cattle, reposed beneath the shadow of the British oak, chew the cud and are silent, pray, to not imagine that those who make the noise are the only inhabitants of the field; that, of course, they are many in number; or that, after all, they are other than the little, shriveled, meagre, hopping, though loud and troublesome insects of the hour.” ~ Edmund Burke
  59. “No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” ~ Edmund Burke
  60. “All the forces of darkness need to succeed … is for the people to do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke
  61. “Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites.” ~ Edmund Burke
  62. “Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.” ~ Edmund Burke

  63. “Circumspection and caution are part of wisdom.” ~ Edmund Burke
  64. “When a great man has some one object in view to be achieved in a given time, it may be absolutely necessary for him to walk out of all the common roads.” ~ Edmund Burke
  65. “Nothing in progression can rest on its original plan. We may as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant.” ~ Edmund Burke

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