Edmund Burke Quotes

Most people seem, to me, to have a filter on their empathy. They can feel the pain of others, but it comes through a few feet of wool; it is muted so as to not be unbearable.

Good order is the foundation of all good things.

Some degree of novelty must be one of the materials in almost every instrument which works upon the mind; and curiosity blends itself, more or less, with all our pleasures.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Attributed to Edmund Burke – It is believed that the quote may have originated from this quotation of Burke: “When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a […]

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

Nothing is more truly subversive of… human society than the position that any body of men have a right to make what laws they please.

With them it is a sufficient motive to destroy an old scheme of things, because it is an old one. As to the new, they are in no sort of fear with regard to the duration of a building run up in haste; because duration is no object to those who think little or nothing […]

In a state of nature it is an invariable law, that a man’s acquisitions are in proportion to his labors. In a state of artificial society, it is a law as constant and as invariable, that those who labor not at all, have the greatest enjoyments.

Nothing is so fatal to religion as indifference, which is, at least, half infidelity.

Whatever each man can separately do, without trespassing on others, he has a right to do for himself… all men have equal rights; but not to equal things.