Burke believed that in a statesman, PRUDENCE is chief among virtues. Any law must be judged by its long-run consequences, not by temporary advantage or popularity.
Liberals and radicals dash at objectives without heed to the risk of new abuses worse than those sought to be cured: they are imprudent.
As John Randolph of Roanoke said, Providence moves slowly, but the devil always hurries.
There is an enduring moral order.
This order is made for man,
and man is made for it:
human nature is a constant,
and moral truths are permanent.
To preserve healthy diversity, any civilization, including ours, must allow for orders and classes, differences of material condition, and other sorts of "inequality."
The only true forms of equality are:
(1) equality at death, and
(2) equality before the law.
All other attempts at leveling lead to social death.
We see farther because of the stature of our ancestors.
Prescription means long established or of immemorial use:
antiquity is the chief sanction of many fundamental rights - including property.
Morals themselves are prescriptive.
We will not make "new" discoveries in morality.
It is dangerous to weigh and re-weigh every fleeting issue on the basis of shifting private judgments or rationalizations.
The individual is foolish, but the species is wise, Burke declared.
Human nature suffers irremediably from grave faults. Imperfect Man can not create a perfect social order.
Human restlessness would compel mankind to rebel under any utopian domination, breaking forth again in violent discontent - or else we should expire of boredom.
To seek utopia is to end in disaster: we are not made for perfect things. All we reasonably can expect is a tolerable, just, and free society.