Edmund Burke

People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.
Reflections on the Revolution in France
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.
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Justice is itself the great standing policy of civil society; and any eminent departure from it, under any circumstances, lies under the suspicion of being no policy at all.
Reflections on the Revolution in France
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.
Reflections on the Revolution in France
Abstract liberty, like other mere abstractions, is not to be found.
Second Speech on Conciliation with America
When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents
The first and the simplest emotion which we discover in the human mind is Curiosity.
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
I am convinced that we have a degree of delight, and that no small one, in the real misfortunes and pains of others.
A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful
The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
A Vindication of Natural Society