Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke, (1729-1797) Irish-born British statesman, parliamentary orator, and political thinker

Edmund Burke Quote

“No passion so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.”

Edmund BurkeEdmund Burke
~ Edmund Burke

Ratings and Comments

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

Fear comes from and moves us into the reptilian old brain, thus the reason that those who want to live in the past by the rules of the past are so attracted to and make such use of fear in selling their arguments.

J Carlton, Calgary

Our leaders have become little more than ringmasters in a circus of fear and paranoia. They must be careful though as this is a double edged sword. Fear becomes hatred becomes loathing...and may be directed at the ringmasters.

Mike, Norwalk

a great concept expressed very well

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Anon    3/23/10

J Carlton, wise words there. When people are in a high state of fear they are desparately looking for the cause of it and of course it will be the ringmasters who will take the first hit from the circus watchers when they realize they didn't get their money's worth.

E Archer, NYC

Statism of either the left or the right uses fear as the driving force for ruling the masses. Whether it is 'terrorism' or 'global warming' the people are bombarded 24 hours a day to the 'warnings' of impending doom if we do not give the government more of our labors and property -- only to find that they have squandered it while lining the pockets of various big business interests. Those of us that are not afraid of life's ups and downs, do not see a need for more government -- quite the opposite.

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RBESRQ    3/23/10

If it robs them of acting and reasoning then they deserve to be fearful.

Ronw13, Yachats OR

Fear like pain, is a good indicator, of the bodies needs. Inducing undue fear, the dupe of crooked salesmen. gov and big Pharma have been doing a con job, tearing first at the spiritual confidence of the nation, injecting doubt of who you are, culturally, then the actual assault on financial stability, which is closely related to physical and mental health. The individual subjected to adversity tries men's confidence. Destroy the faith and hope in a cultures God. Replace with statist mentality for security. Our Founding Fathers feared not man, but were Strong in Trust, Faith in our God of Nature. Knowing he is the Rock upon which our Republic Rest in comfort, supplied by sound knowledge. Spiritual and Physical well being to face any adverse times. We the People are not given the Spirit of fear but of Power. A persons spiritual strength is base upon Knowledge ! SEMPER FI


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