William Godwin - Quotes

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He that loves reading has everything within his reach.

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.

There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.

There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.

The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed, is mainly derived from the act of introspection. ---->>>

As the true object of education is not to render the pupil the mere copy of his preceptor, it is rather to be rejoiced in, than lamented, that various reading should lead him into new trains of thinking. ---->>>

Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind. ---->>>

If he who employs coercion against me could mould me to his purposes by argument, no doubt he would. He pretends to punish me because his argument is strong; but he really punishes me because his argument is weak. ---->>>

Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire. ---->>>

Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny. ---->>>

The execution of any thing considerable implies in the first place previous persevering meditation. ---->>>

The cause of justice is the cause of humanity. Its advocates should overflow with universal good will. We should love this cause, for it conduces to the general happiness of mankind. ---->>>

But the watchful care of the parent is endless. The youth is never free from the danger of grating interference. ---->>>

The diligent scholar is he that loves himself, and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself. ---->>>

Let us not, in the eagerness of our haste to educate, forget all the ends of education. ---->>>

Revolutions are the produce of passion, not of sober and tranquil reason. ---->>>

Study with desire is real activity; without desire it is but the semblance and mockery of activity. ---->>>

The great model of the affection of love in human beings is the sentiment which subsists between parents and children. ---->>>

Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours. This right flows from the very nature of man. ---->>>

Man is the only creature we know, that, when the term of his natural life is ended, leaves the memory of himself behind him. ---->>>

To him it is an ocean, unfathomable, and without a shore. ---->>>

He has no right to his life when his duty calls him to resign it. Other men are bound... to deprive him of life or liberty, if that should appear in any case to be indispensably necessary to prevent a greater evil. ---->>>

The real or supposed rights of man are of two kinds, active and passive; the right in certain cases to do as we list; and the right we possess to the forbearance or assistance of other men. ---->>>

What can be more clear and sound in explanation, than the love of a parent to his child? ---->>>

It is probable that there is no one thing that it is of eminent importance for a child to learn. ---->>>

What indeed is life, unless so far as it is enjoyed? It does not merit the name. ---->>>

There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers; we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which we do not actually witness. ---->>>

God himself has no right to be a tyrant. ---->>>

Government will not fail to employ education, to strengthen its hands, and perpetuate its institutions. ---->>>

There is reverence that we owe to everything in human shape. ---->>>

They held it their duty to live but for their country. ---->>>

Make men wise, and by that very operation you make them free. Civil liberty follows as a consequence of this; no usurped power can stand against the artillery of opinion. ---->>>

If a thing be really good, it can be shown to be such. ---->>>

In cases where every thing is understood, and measured, and reduced to rule, love is out of the question. ---->>>

Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius... he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much. ---->>>

We cannot perform our tasks to the best of our power, unless we think well of our own capacity. ---->>>

One of the prerogatives by which man is eminently distinguished from all other living beings inhabiting this globe of earth, consists in the gift of reason. ---->>>

My thoughts will be taken up with the future or the past, with what is to come or what has been. Of the present there is necessarily no image. ---->>>

Justice is the sum of all moral duty. ---->>>

Everything understood by the term co-operation is in some sense an evil. ---->>>

The lessons of their early youth regulated the conduct of their riper years. ---->>>

The proper method for hastening the decay of error is by teaching every man to think for himself. ---->>>


Nationality: English
Born: March 3, 1756
Birthplace: Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England, Great Britain
Die: April 7, 1836
Occupation: Writer

William Godwin (3 March 1756 – 7 April 1836) was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered one of the first exponents of utilitarianism, and the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for two books that he published within the space of a year: An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, an attack on political institutions, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, which attacks aristocratic privilege, but also is the first mystery novel (wikipedia)