Quotes – Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke

(12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman born in Dublin; author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher, who, after moving to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party. Mainly, he is remembered for his support of the cause of the American Revolutionaries, Catholic emancipation, the impeachment of Warren Hastings from the East India Company, and for his later opposition to the French Revolution. The latter led to his becoming the leading figure within the conservative faction of the Whig party, which he dubbed the “Old Whigs”, in opposition to the pro–French Revolution “New Whigs”, led by Charles

“The only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to stand by and do nothing.”  Edmund Burke

“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”  Edmund Burke

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” Edmund Burke

“Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” Edmund Burke

“The people never give up their liberties but under some delusion.” Edmund Burke