The politics of our society are a conversation in which past, present and future each has a voice; and though one or other of them may on occasion properly prevail none permanently dominates, and on this account we are free.
1962 Rationalism in Politics.
We consider ourselves to be free because no one in our society is allowed unlimited powerno leader, faction, party or 'class', no majority, no government, church, corporation, trade, or professional association or trade union. The secret of its freedom is that it is composed of a multitude of organisations in the constitution of the best of which is reproduced that diffusion of power which is characteristic of the whole.Michael Joseph Oakeshott
It is difficult to thinkof any circumstances where learning may be said to be impossible.Michael Joseph Oakeshott
Every human being is born an heir to an inheritance to which he can succeed only in a process of learning.Michael Joseph Oakeshott