Burke is known for supporting American Revolutionaries, and arguing against the French Revolution, which made him the leading figure of the “Old Whigs” – the conservative fraction of his party. Charles James Fox led the “New Whigs” – the pro-French Revolution fraction. Burke is considered the founder of modern conservatism. In 1790, he published his best know work “Reflections on the Revolution in France”.
Edmund Burke Quotes
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
The most important of all revolutions, which may be dated from that day, I mean a revolution in sentiments, manners, and moral opinions.
It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
A nation without means of reform is without means of survival.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
It is not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to the good.
A law against property is a law against industry.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises, it costs nothing.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
Those who have been once intoxicated with power, and have derived any kind of emolument from it, even though but for one year, can never willingly abandon it.
Bad laws are the worst sort of tyranny.