William Godwin

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Born Wednesday 3 March 1756, died Thursday 7 April 1836

Professions: Journalist, Novelist, Philosopher, Writer

Nationality: English

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

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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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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