John Morley, 1st Viscount Morely of Blackburn, Lord Morley

John
Morley, 1st Viscount Morely of Blackburn, Lord Morley
1838
1923

English Statesman, Man of Letters, Chief Secretary for Ireland

Author Quotes

You cannot demonstrate an emotion or prove an aspiration.

Who begins life by stifling his convictions is in a fair way for ending it without any convictions to stifle.

Three things matter in a speech; who says it, how he says it, and what he says – and, of the three, the last matters the least.

The small reform may become the enemy of the great one.

The most frightful idea that has ever corroded human nature - the idea of eternal punishment.

The finger of the atheists' own divinity, Reason, wrote on the wall the appalling judgments that there is no God; that the universe is only matter in spontaneous motion; and, most grievous word of all, that what men call their souls die with the death of the body, as music dies when the strings are broken.

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character.

It makes all the difference in the world whether we put truth in the first place, or in the second place.

Iron chain of silent habit.

In politics the choice is constantly between two evils.

Even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in the broad, intelligent, and spacious way.

Deeper than men’s opinions are the sentiment and circumstances by which opinion is predetermined.

You have not converted a man, because you have silenced him... The small reform may become the enemy of the great one... The most frightful idea that has ever corroded human nature-the idea of eternal punishment.

The size of a man can be measured by the size of a thing that makes him angry.

The means prepare the end, and the end is what the means have made it.

The great business of life is to be, to do, to do without and to depart.

Simplicity of character is no hindrance to subtlety of intellect.

Our opinions are less important than the spirit and temper with which they possess us, and even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in a broad, intelligent, and spacious way.

It is not enough to do good; one must do it in the right way.

A mind too proud to unbend over the small ridiculosa of life is as painful as a library with no trash in it.

A sudden lie may be sometimes only manslaughter upon truth; but by a carefully constructed equivocation, truth always is with malice a forethought deliberately murdered.

All religions die of one disease, that of being found out.

Even good opinions are worth very little unless we hold them in a broad, intelligent, and spacious way.

Evolution is not a force but a process, not a cause but a law.

Excess of severity is not the path to order. On the contrary, it is the path to the bomb.

Author Picture
First Name
John
Last Name
Morley, 1st Viscount Morely of Blackburn, Lord Morley
Birth Date
1838
Death Date
1923
Bio

English Statesman, Man of Letters, Chief Secretary for Ireland