Past wisdom - 1

Posted by Helen Sunday, April 02, 2006

We are starting a series of quotations of conservative nature; words of (possible) wisdom uttered by writers, thinkers, even politicians. And who better to start with than Edmund Burke, the man who, though a Whig for most of his political career, laid the foundation of much of the thinking that the Conservative Party follows (from time to time) and who has inspired generations of conservatives.

Here are two from Reflections on the Revolution in France:

“The state includes the dead, the living and the coming generations.”
“People will not look forward to posterity who never look back to their ancestors.”
I am reading Conor Cruise O’Brien’s biography of Burke, so there will be more postings on the subject in the coming days and weeks. There will be other quotations as well. No doubt, readers of this blog have their own favourites and will want to post them.


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