10 MindBlowing Quotes by Edmund Burke

  1. To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.
  2. The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
  3. All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.
  4. It is not what a lawyer tells me I may do; but what humanity, reason, and justice tell me I ought to do.
  5. Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing.
  6. Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.
  7. When the leaders choose to make themselves bidders at an auction of popularity, their talents, in the construction of the state, will be of no service. They will become flatterers instead of legislators; the instruments, not the guides, of the people.
  8. Flattery corrupts both the receiver and the giver.
  9. If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.
  10. In a democracy, the majority of the citizens is capable of exercising the most cruel oppressions upon the minority.