Liberalism is trust of the people tempered by prudence. Conservatism is distrust of the people tempered by fear.

— William E. Gladstone

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Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.


No one ever became great except through many and great mistakes.


Be inspired with the belief that life is a great and noble calling;

not a mean and groveling thing that we are to shuffle through as we can, but an elevated and lofty destiny.


Books are delightful society. If you go into a room and find it full of books - even without taking them from the shelves they seem to speak to you, to bid you welcome.


National injustice is the surest road to national downfall.


Never forget that the purpose for which a man lives is the improvement of the man himself, so that he may go out of this world having, in his great sphere or his small one, done some little good for his fellow creatures and labored a little to diminish the sin and sorrow that are in the world.


If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.


My only hope for the world is in bringing the human mind into contact with divine revelation.


There is a limit to the work that can be got out of a human body or a human brain, and he is a wise man who wastes no energy on pursuits for which he is not fitted; and he is still wiser who, from among the things that he can do well, chooses and resolut


Be thorough in all you do; and remember that although ignorance often may be innocent, pretension is always despicable.


As the British Constitution is the most subtle organism which has proceeded from progressive history, so the American Constitution is the most wonderful work ever struck off at a given time by the brain and purpose of man.


To call a man a characteristically Oxford man is, in my opinion, to give him the highest compliment that could be paid to any human being.


About William E. Gladstone

Quotes 60 sayings
Nationality British
Profession Leader
Birthday October 16

Thrift of time will repay you in after-life with a thousandfold of profit beyond your most sanguine dreams.


Censure and criticism never hurt anybody.

If false, they can't hurt you unless you are wanting in manly character; and if true, they show a man his weak points, and forewarn him against failure and trouble.


I think that the principle of the Conservative Party is jealousy of liberty and of the people, only qualified by fear; but I think the principle of the Liberal Party is trust in the people, only qualified by prudence.


Here is my first principle of foreign policy: good government at home.


Commerce is the equalizer of the wealth of nations.


You cannot fight against future. Time is on its side.


A rational reaction against irrational excesses and vagaries of skepticism may * * * readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity.


The American Revolution was a vindication of liberties inherited and possessed.

It was a conservative revolution.


A rational reaction against the irrational excesses and vagaries of scepticism may, I admit, readily degenerate into the rival folly of credulity. To be engaged in opposing wrong affords, under the conditions of our mental constitution, but a slender guarantee for being right.


All the wonders of the Greek civilization heaped together are less wonderful than the single book of Psalms. Greece had all that this world could give her; but the flowers of Paradise blossomed in Palestine alone.


The ravages of drink are greater than those of war pestilence and famine combined.


Mediocrity is now, as formerly, dangerous, commonly fatal, to the poet;

but among even the successful writers of prose, those who rise sensibly above it are the very rarest exceptions.


To be engaged in opposing wrong affords...but a slender guarantee for being right.


The book must of necessity be put into a bookcase.

And the bookcase must be housed. And the house must be kept. And the library must be dusted, must be arranged, must be catalogued. What a vista of toil, yet not unhappy toil!


[The British constitution] presumes more boldly than any other the good sense and the good faith of those who work it.


Nothing more surely cultivates and embellishes a man than association with refined and virtuous women.


Swimming for his life, a man does not see much of the country through which the river winds.


From the time I took office as Chancellor of the Exchequer, I began to learn that the State held, in the face of the Bank and the City, an essentially false position as to finance. The Government itself was not to be a substantive power, but was to leave the Money Power supreme and unquestioned.


Letter to the committee in charge of the celebration of the centennial of the American Constitution. I have always regarded that Constitution as the most remarkable work known to me in modern times to have been produced by the human intellect, at a single stroke (so to speak), in its application to political affairs.


To serve Armenia is to serve civilization.


Ireland, Ireland. That cloud in the west, that coming storm. That minister of God's retribution upon cruel, inveterate, and but half-atoned injustice! Ireland forces upon us those great social and great religious questions. God grant that we may have courage to look them in the face!


It is not a life at all. It is a reticence, in three volumes.


Economy is the first and great article (economy such as I understand it) in my financial creed. The controversy between direct and indirect taxation holds a minor, though important place.


I venture to say that every man who is not presumably incapacitated by some consideration of personal unfitness or of political danger is morally entitled to come within the pale of the Constitution.


I am certain, from experience, of the immense advantage of strict account-keeping in early life. It is just like learning the grammar then, which when once learned need not be referred to afterwards.


I am inclined to say that the personal attendance and intervention of women in election proceedings, even apart from any suspicion of the wider objects of many of the promoters of the present movement, would be a practical evil not only of the gravest, but even of an intolerable character.


The oppression of a majority is detestable and odious;

the oppression of a minority is only by one degree less detestable and odious.


The idea of abolishing Income Tax is to me highly attractive, both on other grounds and because it tends to public economy.


If Germany is to become a colonizing power, all I say is, God speed her! She becomes our ally and partner in the execution of the great purposes of Providence for the advantage of mankind.


It is no use for the honorable member to shake his head in the teeth of his own words.


For works of the mind really great there is no old age, no decrepitude.

It is inconceivable that a time should come when Homer, Dante, Shakespeare, should not ring in the ears of civilized man.


Good laws make it easier to do right and harder to do wrong.


I have known ninety-five of the world's great men in my time, and of these eighty-seven were followers of the Bible.


The resources of civilization are not yet exhausted.


Budgets are not merely affairs of arithmetic, but in a thousand ways go to the root of prosperity of individuals, the relation of classes and the strength of kingdoms.


It is the duty of government to make it difficult for people to do wrong, easy to do right.


One example is worth a thousand arguments.