The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, than ruined by too confident security.
Never despair, but if you do, work on in despair.
He who wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.
– Edmund Burke
Russell Kirk writes,
Much read in history and much practiced in the conduct of political affairs, Burke knew that men are not naturally good, but are beings of mingled good and evil, kept in obedience to a moral law chiefly by the force of custom and habit, which the revolutionaries would discard as so much antiquated rubbish. He knew that all the advantages of society are the product of intricate human experience over many centuries, not to be amended overnight by some coffeehouse philosopher. He knew religion to be man’s greatest good, and established order to be the principal necessity of civilization, and hereditary possessions to be the property of liberty and justice, and the mass of beliefs we often call “prejudices” to be the moral sense of humanity. He set his face against the revolutionaries like a man who finds himself suddenly beset by robbers.”