50+ Best Edmund Burke Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Edmund Burke was an Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher. He was a strong supporter of the American colonies, and a staunch opponent of the French Revolution. He is often regarded as the philosophical founder of Anglo-American Conservatism. Incredibly insightful Edmund Burke quotes will help you to broaden your horizons and become a better person.

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Most Famous Edmund Burke Quotes

The characteristic passion of my life was my love of order.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.

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

There is no qualification for government but virtue and wisdom, actual or presumptive.

This sort of people are so taken up with their theories about the rights of man that they have totally forgotten his nature.

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.

Politics and the pulpit are terms that have little agreement.  

There is no safety for honest men except by believing all possible evil of evil men.

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.

Rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tell me I ought to do.

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

Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.

Our patience will achieve more than our force.

Laws are commanded to hold their tongues amongst arms; and tribunals fall to the ground with the peace they are no longer able to uphold.

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

Your constitution has too much of jealousy to have much sense in it.

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

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

We set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us.

You will smile here at the consistency of those democratists who, when they are not on their guard, treat the humbler part of the community with the greatest contempt, whilst, at the same time they pretend to make them the depositories of all power.

Man is by his constitution a religious animal, atheism is against, not only our reason but our instincts.

No government could stand a moment, if it could be blown down with anything so loose and indefinite as an opinion of ‘misconduct’.

The very idea of the fabrication of a new government is enough to fill us with disgust and horror.

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

Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Wise men will apply their remedies to vices, not to names; to the causes of evil which are permanent, not to occasional organs by which they act, and the transitory modes in which they appear.

Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.

To make us love our country, our country ought to be lovely.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

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

He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.

Better to be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident a security.

Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in a hundred years.

Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver, and adulation is not of more service to the people than to kings.

I must be tolerably sure, before I venture publicly to congratulate men upon a blessing, that they have really received one.

Liberty does not exist in the absence of morality.

Inspirational Edmund Burke Quotes

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

It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters.

Men have no right to what is not reasonable, and to what is not for their benefit.

It is generally, in the season of prosperity that men discover their real temper, principles and design.

Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.

Nobility is a graceful ornament to the civil order. It is the Corinthian capital of polished society.

I have not yet lost a feeling of wonder, and of delight, that the delicate motion should reside in all the things around us, revealing itself only to him who looks for it.

The true lawgiver ought to have an heart full of sensibility. He ought to love and respect his kind, and to fear himself.

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

Rage and frenzy will pull down more in half an hour, than prudence, deliberation, and foresight can build up in an hundred years.

Whenever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither, in my opinion, is safe.

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