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William Godwin Quotes and Sayings

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

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

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.
- William Godwin

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

 

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

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

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.
- William Godwin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

God himself has no right to be a tyrant.
- William Godwin

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

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

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.
- William Godwin

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

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.
- William Godwin

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

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

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

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

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

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.
- William Godwin

Justice is the sum of all moral duty.
- William Godwin

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.
- William Godwin

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

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

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.
- William Godwin

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.
- William Godwin

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.
- William Godwin

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.
- William Godwin

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.
- William Godwin

Let me bring peace into moments of chaos.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let there be peace on earth.
And let it begin with me.
- Jill Jackson Miller

Love one another but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.
- Khalil Gibran

Laugh when you can,
apologize when you should,
and let go of what you can't change.
Life's too short to be anything... but happy.
- Anonymous

Don't let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.
- Anais Nin

When I let go of what I am,
I become what I might be.
- Lao Tzu

We must let go of the life we have planned,
so as to accept the one that is waiting for us.
- Joseph Campbell

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
- Raymond Lindquist

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

Do not let what you cannot do
interfere with what you can do.
- John Wooden

Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.
- Babe Ruth

Do not let Sunday be taken from you.
If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.
- Albert Schweitzer

Let us not pray to be sheltered from dangers
but to be fearless when facing them.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Pay attention to rainbows, and snowflakes,
butterflies and the songs of birds,
the crash of storm-driven waves
and the mirror-surface of a quiet pond.
Let the depths of nature become a part of your innermost being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Stay Happy, never let anyone get your goat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
- St. Francis of Assisi

We can let circumstances rule us,
or we can take charge and
rule our lives from within.
- Earl Nightingale

Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Let light shine through the cracks
in the armor of your staunchest beliefs.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Where there is injury let me sow pardon.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Don't let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

Let the refining and improving of your own life
keep you so busy that you have little time to criticize others.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Could you risk believing that everything
will unfold just fine if you completely let go
of all concern about everything else,
and simply are here, now - if only for a moment?
- Dmitri Bilgere

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

If there is anything that a man can do well,
I say let him do it. Give him a chance.
- Abraham Lincoln

Don't let your fears stand in the way of your dreams.
- Anonymous


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