William Godwin Quotes

44 William Godwin quotes:

"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."
"The lessons of their early youth regulated the conduct of their riper years."
"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."
"The diligent scholar is he that loves himself, and desires to have reason to applaud and love himself."
"They held it their duty to live but for their country."
"The execution of any thing considerable implies in the first place previous persevering meditation."
"What indeed is life, unless so far as it is enjoyed? It does not merit the name."
"If a thing be really good, it can be shown to be such."
"Everything understood by the term co-operation is in some sense an evil."
"God himself has no right to be a tyrant."
"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."
"Revolution is engendered by an indignation with tyranny, yet is itself pregnant with tyranny."
"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."
"Books have been handed down from generation to generation, as the true teachers of piety and the love of God, that represent him as so merciless and tyrannical a despot, that, if they were considered otherwise than through the medium of prejudice, they could inspire nothing but hatred. It seems that the impression we derive from a book, depends much less on its real contents, than upon the temper of mind and preparation with which we read it."
"Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind."
"Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire."
"Study with desire is real activity; without desire it is but the semblance and mockery of activity."
"Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius . . . he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much."
Author: Godwin Quotes Category: Genius Quotes
"Obey; this may be right; but beware of reverence. Government is nothing but regulated force; force is its appropriate claim upon your attention. It is the business of individuals to persuade; the tendency of concentrated strength, is only to give consistency and permanence to an influence more compendious than persuasion."
Author: Godwin Quotes Category: Force Quotes

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