William Godwin was born 3 March 1756 and died 7 April 1836
- Learning is the ally, not the adversary of genius… he who reads in a proper spirit, can scarcely read too much.
- He that loves reading has everything within his reach.
- Perseverance is an active principle, and cannot continue to operate but under the influence of desire
- There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers; we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which we do not actually witness.
- There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.
Godwin was an English journalist, political philosopher and novelist. He is considered the first modern proponent of anarchism. Godwin is most famous for An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice, and Things as They Are; or, The Adventures of Caleb Williams, which attacks aristocratic privilege, and is also the first mystery novel. Godwin married pioneering feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft, and their daughter, Mary Godwin (later Mary Shelley) wrote Frankenstein and married the poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
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