Edmund Burke Quotes

I possessed not one of the qualities, not cultivated one of the arts, that recommend men to the favor and protection of the great. I was not made for a minion or a fool. As little did I follow the trade of winning the hearts, by imposing on the understandings of the people.

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.

Poetry, with all its obscurity, has a more general as well as a more powerful dominion over the passions than the art of painting.

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.

In my course I have known and, according to my measure, have cooperated with great men; and I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.

By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation.

I am not one of those who think that the people are never in the wrong. They have been so, frequently and outrageously, both in other countries and in this. But I do say that in all disputes between them and their rulers, the presumption is at least upon a par in favor of the […]

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

The age of chivalry is gone. – That of sophisters, economists and calculators has succeeded.

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.