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
The tyranny of a multitude is a multiplied tyranny.
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
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.
Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises; for never intending to go beyond promises, it costs nothing.
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.
A law against property is a law against industry.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
The true danger is, when liberty is nibbled away, for expedients, and by parts.
The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.
Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist.
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.
One that confounds good and evil is an enemy to the good.
Toleration is good for all, or it is good for none.
A nation without means of reform is without means of survival.
It is a general popular error to imagine the loudest complainers for the public to be the most anxious for its welfare.
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 not, what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice, tells me I ought to do.