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Lord Brougham Quotes

English statesman
(1778 - 1868)

I abominate war as unchristian. I hold it to be the greatest of human crimes, and to involve all others - violence, blood, rapine, fraud - everything that can deform the character, alter the nature, and debase the name of man.

I trust everything, under God, to habit, upon which, in all ages, the law­giver as well as the schoolmaster has mainly placed his reliance; habit which makes everything easy, and casts all difficulties upon the deviation from the wonted course. Make sobriety a habit, and intemperance will be hateful and hard; make prudence a habit, and reckless profligacy will be as contrary to the nature of the child, grown to be an adult, as the most atrocious crimes are to any of your lordships. Give a child the habit of sacredly regarding the truth, of carefully respecting the properly of others, of scrupulously abstaining from all acts of improvidence which can involve him in distress, and he will just as likely think of rushing into an element in which he cannot breathe, as of lying, or cheating, or stealing.

It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.

Real knowledge, in its progress, is the forerunner of liberality and enlightened toleration.

The schoolmaster is abroad, and I trust him, armed with his primer, against the soldier in full military array.

The true test of a great man - that, at least, which must secure his place among the highest order of great men - is, his having been in advance of his age.

There is a law above all human enactments, written upon the heart by the finger of God; and while men despise fraud, and loathe rapine, and abhor blood, they shall reject with indignation the wild and guilty phantasy, that man can hold property in man.