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William Godwin Quotes

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William Godwin
March 3, 1756 - April 7, 1836
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

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


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


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


Justice is the sum of all moral duty.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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