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Edmund Burke

Data di nascita: 12. Gennaio 1729
Data di morte: 9. Luglio 1797
Altri nomi:ਐਡਮੰਡ ਬਰਕੀ, Эдмунд Берк

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Edmund Burke, detto il Cicerone britannico , è stato un politico, filosofo e scrittore britannico di origine irlandese, nonché uno dei principali precursori ideologici del romanticismo inglese.

Per più di vent'anni sedette alla Camera dei Comuni come membro del partito Whig , avversari dei Tories . Viene ricordato soprattutto per il suo sostegno alla lotta condotta dalle colonie americane contro re Giorgio III, anche se si oppose alla loro indipendenza, lotta che portò alla Guerra di indipendenza americana, come anche per la sua decisa opposizione alla Rivoluzione francese con l'opera Riflessioni sulla rivoluzione in Francia. Il dibattito sulla rivoluzione rese Burke una delle figure principali della corrente conservatrice del partito Whig , in opposizione ai “New Whigs” filo-rivoluzionari, guidati da Charles James Fox. Burke pubblicò anche opere filosofiche sull'estetica e fondò l'«Annual Register», una rivista politica. La polemica di Burke sulla Rivoluzione stimolò il dibattito in Inghilterra: ad esempio l'anglo-americano Thomas Paine rispose alle Riflessioni con I diritti dell'uomo, mentre William Godwin scrisse l'Inchiesta sulla giustizia politica condannando gli esiti sanguinosi della rivolta, ma senza ripudiare i principi che l'avevano ispirata, come fece invece Burke.

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„È lenta la marcia della mente umana.“

—  Edmund Burke
da The Second Speech on Conciliation with America, 1775

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„All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.“

—  Edmund Burke
This is probably the most quoted statement attributed to Burke, and an extraordinary number of variants of it exist, but all without any definite original source. They closely resemble remarks known to have been made by the Utilitarian philosopher John Stuart Mill, in an address at the University of St. Andrew (1 February 1867) http://books.google.com/books?id=DFNAAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA36&dq=%22Bad+men+need+nothing+more+to+compass+their+ends,+than+that+good+men+should+look+on+and+do+nothing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=RUh5U6qWBLSysQT0vYGAAw&ved=0CEEQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=%22Bad%20men%20need%20nothing%20more%20to%20compass%20their%20ends%2C%20than%20that%20good%20men%20should%20look%20on%20and%20do%20nothing%22&f=false : Bad men need nothing more to compass their ends, than that good men should look on and do nothing. The very extensively used remarks attributed to Burke might be based on a paraphrase of some of his ideas, but he is not known to have ever declared them in so succinct a manner in any of his writings. It has been suggested that they may have been adapted from these lines of Burke's in his Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents http://oll.libertyfund.org/Texts/LFBooks/Burke0061/SelectWorks/HTMLs/0005-01_Pt02_Thoughts.html (1770): "When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." (see above) :This purported quote bears a resemblance to the narrated theme of Sergei Bondarchuk's Soviet film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, produced in 1966. In it the narrator declares "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing", although since the original is in Russian various translations to English are possible. This purported quote also bears resemblance to a quote widely attributed to Plato, that said "The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." It also bears resemblance to what Albert Einstein wrote as part of his tribute to Pablo Casals: "The world is in greater peril from those who tolerate or encourage evil than from those who actually commit it." : More research done on this matter is available at these two links: Burkequote http://www.tartarus.org/~martin/essays/burkequote.html & Burkequote2 http://www.tartarus.org/~martin/essays/burkequote2.html — as the information at these links indicate, there are many variants of this statement, probably because there is no known original by Burke. In addition, an exhaustive examination of this quote has been done at the following link: QuoteInvestigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/12/04/good-men-do/.

„A great profusion of things, which are splendid or valuable in themselves, is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause.“

—  Edmund Burke
Context: A great profusion of things, which are splendid or valuable in themselves, is magnificent. The starry heaven, though it occurs so very frequently to our view, never fails to excite an idea of grandeur. This cannot be owing to the stars themselves, separately considered. The number is certainly the cause. The apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our idea of magnificence. Besides, the stars lie in such apparent confusion, as makes it impossible on ordinary occasions to reckon them. This gives them the advantage of a sort of infinity. Part II Section XIII

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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