As the true object of education is not to render the pupil the mere copy of his preceptor, it is rather to be rejoiced in, than lamented, that various reading should lead him into new trains of thinking.
"Of Choice in Reading", The Enquirer (1797)
Perfectibility is one of the most unequivocal characteristics of the human species.William Godwin
If there be such a thing as truth, it must infallibly be struck out by the collision of mind with mind.William Godwin
To conceive that compulsion and punishment are the proper means of reformation is the sentiment of a barbarian.William Godwin