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When the French Revolution broke out, it certainly afforded to Mr. Burke an opportunity of doing some good, had he been disposed to it; instead of which, no sooner did he see the old prejudices wearing away, than he immediately began sowing the seeds of a new inveteracy, as if he were afraid that England and France would cease to be enemies. That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of Nations, is as shocking as it is true; but when those who are concerned in the government of a country, make it their study to sow discord and cultivate prejudices between Nations, it becomes the more unpardonable.


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It is an affront to treat falsehood with complaisance.
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To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had...
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The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.
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That which we obtain too easily, we esteem too lightly.
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An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot.
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My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.
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These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this ...
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It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defea...
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These are the times that try men's souls.
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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not...
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A thing moderately good is not so good as it ought to be. Moderation in temper is always a virtue, b...
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Society is produced by our wants and government by our wickedness.
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It is necessary to the happiness of man that he be mentally faithful to himself. Infidelity does not...
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Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
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Character is much easier kept than recovered.
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The instant formal government is abolished, society begins to act. A general association takes place...
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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lig...
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Is it not a species of blasphemy to call the New Testament revealed religion, when we see in it such...
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A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and ra...
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It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God...
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Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my c...
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He that rebels against reason is a real rebel, but he that in defence of reason rebels against tyran...
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The New Testament, they tell us, is founded upon the prophecies of the Old; if so, it must follow th...
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The Bible is a book that has been read more and examined less than any book that ever existed
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I do not believe in the creed professed by any church that I know of. Each of these churches accuse ...
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All the tales of miracles, with which the Old and New Testament are filled, are fit only for imposto...
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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too ligh...
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Calvinism is the belief (1) That there are three Gods (2) That good works, or the love of our neighb...
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Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst
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There are matters in the Bible, said to be done by the express commandment of God, that are shocking...
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Society in every state is a blessing, but government, even in its best stage, is but a necessary evi...
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That there are men in all countries who get their living by war, and by keeping up the quarrels of n...
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The first chapter of Matthew begins with giving a genealogy of Jesus Christ; and in the third chapte...
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Each of those churches shows certain books, which they call revelation, or the Word of God. The Jews...
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It has been the practice of all Christian commentators on the Bible, and of all Christian priests an...
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People in general know not what wickedness there is in this pretended word of God. Brought up in ...
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He prays dictatorially. When it is sunshine,
he prays for rain, and when it is rain, he prays f...
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Infidelity does not consist in believing, or in disbelieving; it consists in professing to believe w...
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It is a contradiction in terms and ideas, to call anything a revelation that comes to us at second-h...
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[The Hits 1789-'97 George Washington was serenaded with new words to] God Save the King ... I don't ...
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Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Ex...
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