Literary Birthday – 12 January – Edmund Burke

Edmund Burke was born 12 January 1729 and died 9 July 1797.


  1. He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
  2. When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall, one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.
  3. Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.
  4. When you fear something, learn as much about it as you can. Knowledge conquers fear.
  5. Nothing turns out to be so oppressive and unjust as a feeble government.

Edmund Burke was a British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker. He championed conservatism in opposition to Jacobinism in Reflections on the Revolution in France.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 11th January 2020