Quotes by William Godwin
- Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind.
- 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.
- Government will not fail to employ education, to strengthen its hands, and perpetuate its institutions.
- Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius... he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much.
- Let us not, in the eagerness of our haste to educate, forget all the ends of education.
- 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 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.
- There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.
- 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.