No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. Edmund Burke
Fear robs the functions of the brain.
In effect, to follow, not to force the public inclination; to give a direction, a form, a technical dress, and a specific sanction, to the general sense of the community, is the true end of legislature. Edmund Burke
Edmund Burke Quote on the way which legislatures are supposed to function
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
What happens to the men's passions if they act under the influence of imagination?
If its not for delusion, people will not part with their liberties.
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
circumstances make or mar every civil and political scheme
An Edmund Burke's quote
There is but one law for all, namely that law which governs all law, the law of our Creator, the law of humanity, justice, equity - the law of nature and of nations. Edmund Burke
the law of our Creator is the ultimate
curiosity, is the simplest emotion
Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times, and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations - wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco. Edmund Burke
Things like wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco were used always for moral consolations.
Importance of reflecting while reading
A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors. Edmund Burke
A quote by Edmund Burke on innovation
Change has to be welcomed
In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority. Edmund Burke
Majority in a democracy is a sharp edged knife.
It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do. Edmund Burke
I ought to do according to the diktats of humanity, reason, and justice
liberty and corruption cannot exist together
History is destined repeat.
All that's necessary for the forces of evil to win in the world is for enough good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke
Good men doing nothing is invitation to evil
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. Edmund Burke
Liberty sans wisdom and virtue is evil.