Quotations by Author

William Godwin

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.