Edmund Burke Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Edmund Burke quotes, Edmund Burke sayings, and Edmund Burke proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse. Edmund Burke
Geography is an earthly subject, but a heavenly science. Edmund Burke
Good order is the foundation of all things. Edmund Burke
Circumstances give in reality to every political principle its distinguishing color and discriminating effect. The circumstances are what render every civil and political scheme beneficial or noxious to mankind. Edmund Burke
He that accuses all mankind of corruption ought to remember that he is sure to convict only one. Edmund Burke
Greater mischief happens often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition. Edmund Burke
A very great part of the mischiefs that vex the world arises from words. Edmund Burke
Magnificence is likewise a source of the sublime. A great profusion of things which are splendid or valuable in themselves is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. Edmund Burke
Free trade is not based on utility but on justice. Edmund Burke
Religious persecution may shield itself under the guise of a mistaken and over-zealous piety. Edmund Burke
Whenever government abandons law, it proclaims anarchy. Edmund Burke
Good order is the foundation of all good things. Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
All men have equal rights, but not to equal things. Edmund Burke
An appearance of delicacy, and even fragility, is almost essential to beauty. Edmund Burke
Prudence is not only the first in rank of the virtues political and moral, but she is the director and regulator, the standard of them all. Edmund Burke
Prudence is a quality incompatible with vice, and can never be effectively enlisted in its cause. Edmund Burke
If the prudence of reserve and decorum dictates silence in some circumstances, in others prudence of a higher order may justify us in speaking our thoughts. Edmund Burke
Good company, lively conversation, and the endearments of friendship fill the mind with great pleasure. Edmund Burke
By gnawing through a dike, even a rat may drown a nation. Edmund Burke
He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper. Edmund Burke
Early and provident fear is the mother of safety. Edmund Burke
Nothing in progress can rest on its original plan. We might as well think of rocking a grown man in the cradle of an infant. Edmund Burke
There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination. Edmund Burke
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
Slavery they can have anywhere. It is a weed that grows in every soil. Edmund Burke
If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed. Edmund Burke
Never despair but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair. Edmund Burke
Our patience will achieve more than our force. Edmund Burke