"Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."William Godwin on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."William Godwin on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."William Godwin on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."William Godwin on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."William Godwin on Thomas Paine
"Let us not, in the eagerness of our haste to educate, forget all the ends of education."
"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."
"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."