Edmund Burke

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

Actions Fear Mindfulness

All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.

Cooperation Government Negotiation

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Achievements Determination Patience

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

Sacrifice Struggle Unity

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

Actions Morality Responsibility

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.

Age Humility Teaching

Liberty must be limited in order to be possessed.

Freedom Government Laws

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

Abuse Leadership Politics

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

Freedom Power Success

To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Knowledge Learning Reading

Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

Authority Government Injustice

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.

Liberty Virtue Wisdom

We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

Change Laws Nature

Education is the cheap defense of nations.

Economics Education Nation

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.

Human Improvement Philosophy

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 most to hope and nothing to lose will always be dangerous.

Danger Laws Power

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.

Actions Improvement Motivational

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

Beauty Happiness Promise

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

Affection Beauty Distress