Quotations by Morley, John


The essence of aphorism is the compression of a mass of thought and observation into a single saying. It is the very opposite of dissertation and declamation; its distinction is not so much ingenuity, as good sense brought to a point.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
“Aphorisms,” speech, Edinburgh (1887)
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To deride patriotism marks impoverished blood, but to extol it as an ideal or an impulse above truth and justice, at the cost of the general interests of humanity, is far worse.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
Notes on Politics and History, ch. 5 (1913)
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And what is this smile of the world, to win which we are bidden to sacrifice our moral manhood; this frown of the world, whose terrors are more awful than the withering up of truth and the slow going out of light within the souls of us?

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
On Compromise, ch. 4 (1877)
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You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
On Compromise, ch. 5 (1874),
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A small and temporary improvement may really be the worst enemy of a great and permanent improvement, unless the first is made on the lines and in the direction of the second.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
On Compromise, ch. 5 (1877)
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Those who would treat politics and morality apart will never understand the one or the other.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
Rousseau
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The most frightful idea that has ever corroded human nature — the idea of eternal punishment.

John Morley (1838-1923) English statesman, journalist, writer [John, Viscount Morley]
Vauvenargues (1905)
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