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The Right Honourable
Edmund Burke

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Painting of Edmund Burke MP c.   1767, studio of Joshua Reynolds

Rector of the University of Glasgow

In office1783–1785

Preceded by

Henry Dundas

Succeeded by

Robert Graham Bontine

Paymaster of the Forces

In office16 April 1783 – 8 January 1784

Monarch

George III

Prime Minister

The Duke of PortlandWilliam Pitt the Younger

Preceded by

Isaac Barré

Succeeded by

William Grenville In office10 April 1782 – 1 August 1782

Monarch

George III

Prime Minister

The Marquess of Rockingham

Preceded by

Richard Rigby

Succeeded by

Isaac Barré

Member of theBritish Parliamentfor Malton

In office18 October 1780 – 20 June 1794
Serving with William Weddell, Thomas Gascoigne, George Damer

Preceded by

Savile Finch

Succeeded by

Richard Burke Jr.

Member of theBritish Parliamentfor Bristol

In office4 November 1774 – 6 September 1780
Serving with Henry Cruger

Preceded by

Matthew Brickdale

Succeeded by

Henry Lippincott

Member of theBritish Parliamentfor Wendover

In officeDecember 1765 – 5 October 1774
Serving with Richard Chandler-Cavendish, Robert Darling, Joseph Bullock

Preceded by

Verney Lovett

Succeeded by

John Adams

Personal details

Born

12 January 1729 Dublin, Ireland

Died

9 July 1797 Beaconsfield, England

Political party

Whig

Spouse

Jane Mary Nugent ( m.  1757)

Children

Richard Burke Jr.

Alma mater

Trinity College, Dublin

Occupation

Writer, politician, journalist, philosopherPhilosophy career

Notable work

A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Era

18th- / 19th-century philosophy

Region

Western philosophy

School

Liberal conservatism

Main interests

Social philosophy and political philosophy

Notable ideas

Aesthetic sublime, literary sublime

Influences

    • David Hume
    • Edward Coke
    • Joshua Reynolds
    • William Blackstone
    • Samuel Johnson

Influenced

    • John Stuart Mill
    • Immanuel Kant
    • Lord Acton
    • William Ewart Gladstone
    • Russell Kirk
    • Friedrich Hayek
    • William Wordsworth
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    • Joseph de Maistre
    • Winston Churchill
    • Peter Hitchens
    • Roger Scruton
    • Thomas Sowell

Reflections on the Revolution in France

Edmund Burke was an Irish statesman born in Dublin, as well as an author, orator, political theorist and philosopher, who after moving to London in 1750 served as a member of parliament between 1766 and 1794 in the House of Commons with the Whig Party.

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But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever. - Edmund Burke

But the age of chivalry is gone. That of sophisters, economists, and calculators has succeeded and the glory of Europe is extinguished forever.

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The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth. - Edmund Burke

The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.

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Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation. - Edmund Burke

Religion is essentially the art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.

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Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing. - Edmund Burke

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

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Beauty is the promise of happiness. - Edmund Burke

Beauty is the promise of happiness.

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Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty. - Edmund Burke

Beauty in distress is much the most affecting beauty.

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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. - Edmund Burke

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. - Edmund Burke

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

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A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation. - Edmund Burke

A State without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.

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Education is the cheap defense of nations. - Edmund Burke

Education is the cheap defense of nations.

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No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear. - Edmund Burke

No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.

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Facts are to the mind what food is to the body. - Edmund Burke

Facts are to the mind what food is to the body.

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You can never plan the future by the past. - Edmund Burke

You can never plan the future by the past.

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What ever disunites man from God, also disunites man from man. - Edmund Burke

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

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

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

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All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. - Edmund Burke

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.

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