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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He that loves reading has everything within his reach.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

God himself has no right to be a tyrant.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked,
in which you can walk with love and reverence.
- Henry David Thoreau

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

That sense of sacredness,
that thinking in generations,
must begin with reverence for this earth.
- Paul Tsongas

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality.
- Albert Schweitzer

If a man loses his reverence for any part of life,
he will lose his reverence for all of life.
- Albert Schweitzer

Reverence for life is the highest court of appeal.
- Albert Schweitzer

By having a reverence for life,
we enter into a spiritual relation with the world.
By practicing reverence for life we become good, deep, and alive.
- Albert Schweitzer

Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter
everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe
that change forever how we experience life and the world.
- John Milton

Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control;
these three alone lead one to sovereign power.
- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Not all is doom and gloom.
We are beginning to understand the natural world and
are gaining a reverence for life -
all life.
- Roger Tory Peterson

Ethics is nothing else than reverence for life.
- Albert Schweitzer

When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
- Albert Camus

Where there is reverence there is fear,
but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear,
because fear presumably has a wider
extension than reverence.
- Socrates

The man who builds a factory builds a temple,
that the man who works there worships there,
and to each is due, not scorn and blame,
but reverence and praise.
- Calvin Coolidge

Reverence does not die with mortals,
nor does it perish whether they live or die.
- Sophocles

If only your pure and clean mind could touch me,
dear Haydn, nobody has a greater reverence for you than I have.
- Franz Schubert

Above all things, reverence yourself.
- Pythagoras

Woman must not accept; she must challenge.
She must not be awed by that which has been built up around her;
she must reverence that woman in her which struggles for expression.
- Margaret Sanger

Pride defeats its own end, by bringing the man who
seeks esteem and reverence into contempt.
- Henry Bolingbroke

Respect the masterpiece. It is true reverence to man.
There is no quality so great, none so much needed now.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Playing Christ, I began to feel shut away from the world.
A newspaper became one of my biggest luxuries.
I noticed that some of my close friends began treating me with reverence.
- Max von Sydow

The praise of ancient authors proceeds not from the reverence of the dead,
but from the competition and mutual envy of the living.
- Thomas Hobbes

A discipline I have observed is an attitude of love and reverence to people.
- Bessie Head

Nature is at work.
Character and destiny are her handiwork.
She gives us love and hate, jealousy and reverence.
All that is ours is the power to choose which impulse we shall follow.
- David Seabury

Dread lord and cousin, may the almighty preserve your
reverence and lordship in long life and good fortune.
- Owen Glendower

Spend enough time around success and failure,
and you learn a reverence for possibility.
- Dale Dauten

Men are swayed more by fear than by reverence.
- Aristotle

Lying has a kind of respect and reverence with it.
We pay a person the compliment of acknowledging his
superiority whenever we lie to him.
- Samuel Butler

Sex lies at the root of life, and we can never learn
to reverence life until we know how to understand sex.
- Henry Ellis

We have rudiments of reverence for the human body,
but we consider as nothing the rape of the human mind.
- Eric Hoffer

Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light.
Above all things reverence thyself.
- Pythagoras


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