Quotations from Politicians of different ages

3. Quotations from Politicians of different ages

Edmund Burke, 1729-97

Irish-born Whig Politician and Man of Letters



Tyrants seldom want pretexts.

Letter to a Member of the National Assembly (1791) p.25

Between craft and credulity, the voice of reason is stifled.

Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol (1777) p.34

A perfect democracy is therefore the most shameless thing in the world .

Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) p.139

The Greater the power the More dangerous the abuse .

Speech on the Middlesex Election, in the Speeches(1854) p.3

The people are the masters.

Speech, Hansard 11 February 1780, col.6

Gladstone 1809-98

British Liberal Politician, Prime Minister

“Justice delayed is justice denied”


Nepoleon 1, 1769-1821

Emperor of France, 1804-15



The career open to the talents.


England is a nation of shopkeepers.


Give me good mothers, I will give you a good nation.


Lord Horatio Nelson, 178-1805

British Admiral



England expects that every man will do his duty.

At the battle of Trafalgar


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)

Irish satirist, essayist, politician pamphleteer and poet



“Books, the children of the brain.”

“I cannot but conclude that the bulk of your”

A tale of a Tub and other Writings

Natives to be the most pernicious Race of little odious Vermin that Nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the Earth.

Gulliver’s Travels

“Undoubtedly, philosophers are in the right when they tell us that nothing is great or little otherwise than by comparison.”

                                                                    Martin Luther King Jr. (1929 – 1968)                                              an American leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream----

Martin Luther King's 'I have a dream' speech

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere

The Letter from Birmingham Jail


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