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Quotes of the day: Arthur Balfour

Published Thursday, July 24, 2014 @ 10:28 PM EDT
Jul 24 2014

Arthur James Balfour, 1st Earl of Balfour, KG, OM, PC, DL (July 25, 1848 - March 19, 1930) was a British Conservative politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from July 1902 to December 1905. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


Biography should be written by an acute enemy.

But science is the great instrument of social change, all the greater because its object is not change but knowledge, and its silent appropriation of this dominant function, amid the din of political and religious strife, is the most vital of all the revolutions which have marked the development of modern civilization.

Enthusiasm moves the world.

Every human soul is of infinite value, eternal, free; no human being, therefore, is so placed as not to have within his reach, in himself and others, objects adequate to infinite endeavor.

He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.

I never forgive, but I always forget.

I would rather be an opportunist and float, than go to the bottom with my principles around my neck.

It has always been desirable to tell the truth, but seldom if ever necessary to tell the whole truth.

It is unfortunate, considering that enthusiasm moves the world, that so few enthusiasts can be entrusted to speak the truth.

No country can allow its safety to be wholly dependent on faithful observance by other states of rules to which they are obliged

Nothing matters very much, and few things matter at all.

Science preceded the theory of science, and is independent of it. Science preceded naturalism, and will survive it.

Society, dead or alive, can have no charm without intimacy and no intimacy without an interest in trifles.

The power of authority is never more subtle and effective than when it produces a psychological 'atmosphere' or 'climate' favorable to the life of certain modes of belief, unfavorable, and even fatal, to the life of others.

There are plenty of cases of war being begun before it is declared.

Today is also the birthday of Eric Hoffer.

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