Edmund Burke, 1729 - 1797

Irish-born Whig Politician and Man of Letters


Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (1791) P.25
Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol (1777) P.34
Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled.

Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) P.139
A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world.

Speech on the Middlesex Election, in the Speeches (1854) P.3
The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse.

Speech, Hansard 11 February 1780, col.6
The people are the masters.