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Edmund Burke

1729-1797. British political writer.

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

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Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgment; and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.

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Slavery is a weed that grows on every soil.

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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man.

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I have never yet seen any plan which has not been mended by the observations of those who were much inferior in understanding to the person who took the lead in the business.

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We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.

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When ever a separation is made between liberty and justice, neither is safe.

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All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.

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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.

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You can never plan the future by the past.

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