Painted portrait of British statesman and political thinker Edmund Burke.

Edmund Burke

(1729 - 1797)

Born in Dublin, Edmund Burke moved to London in 1750 and was elected to the House of Commons in 1765. Though he was initially derided as “Edmund Bonny Clabber,” his peerless oratorical abilities eventually earned him recognition as the British Cicero.

All Writing

Laws, like houses, lean on one another.

—Edmund Burke, 1765

The march of the human mind is slow.

—Edmund Burke, 1775

All men that are ruined, are ruined on the side of their natural propensities.

—Edmund Burke, 1796

Voices In Time

1790 | London

Dead Moon

Edmund Burke laments the end of chivalry.More

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

—Edmund Burke, 1790

Under the pressure of the cares and sorrows of our mortal condition, men have at all times and in all countries, called in some physical aid to their moral consolations—wine, beer, opium, brandy, or tobacco.

—Edmund Burke, 1795

Voices In Time

1790 | London

False Lights

Edmund Burke surveys the fresh ruins of France.More

Make the revolution a parent of settlement and not a nursery of future revolutions.

—Edmund Burke, 1790

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