Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke

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Author: Edmund Burke

Appeal to Impartiality.

The quality of the sentence does not however decide on the justice of it. Angry friendship is sometimes as bad as calm enmity. For this reason the cold neutrality of abstract justice is, to a good and clear cause, a more desirable thing than an affection liable to be any way disturbed. When the trial is by friends, if the decision should happen to be favourable, the honour of the acquittal is lessened; if adverse, the condemnation is exceedingly embittered. It is aggravated by coming from lips professing friendship, and pronouncing judgment with sorrow and reluctance. Taking in the whole view of life, it is more safe to live under the jurisdiction of severe but steady reason, than under the empire of indulgent but capricious passion. It is certainly well for Mr. Burke that there are impartial men in the world. To them I address myself, pending the appeal which on his part is made from the living to the dead, from the modern Whigs to the ancient.

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Chicago: Edmund Burke, "Appeal to Impartiality.," Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L8TILRRUBIFPGAH.

MLA: Burke, Edmund. "Appeal to Impartiality." Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L8TILRRUBIFPGAH.

Harvard: Burke, E, 'Appeal to Impartiality.' in Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. cited in , Selections from the Speeches and Writings of Edmund Burke. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L8TILRRUBIFPGAH.