Life and Letters of Edwin Lawrence Godkin, Volume 1

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Page 276 - The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy, and possess the property and places belonging to the Government...
Page 221 - To my generation, his was certainly the towering influence in all thought concerning public affairs, and indirectly his influence has certainly been more pervasive than that of any other writer of the generation, for he influenced other writers who never quoted him, and determined the whole current of discussion.
Page 264 - The North has nothing to do with the negroes. I have no more concern for them than I have for the Hottentots. They are God's poor; they always have been and always will be so everywhere. They are not of our race. They will find their place. They must take their level.
Page 11 - Ireland at least, political economy was taught as a real science, which consisted simply in the knowledge of what man, as an exchanging, producing animal, would do, if let alone. On that you can base a science, for the mark of science is that it enables you to predict. Since then, what is called political economy has become something entirely different. It has assumed the role of an adviser, who teaches man to make himself more comfortable through the help of his government, and has no more claim...
Page 237 - The maintenance and diffusion of true democratic principles in society and government, and the advocacy and illustration of whatever in legislation or in manners seems likely to promote a more equal distribution of the fruits of progress and civilization.
Page 304 - EL Godkin, writing from London, on April 15, 1869, said: "Motley's appointment is a good one from the social point of view, bad, I think, in every other way. I do not think he has the necessary mental furniture for the discussion of the questions now pending between England and America; and he is a little too ardent.
Page 302 - I beg of you to use what influence you have now, not for the promotion any longer of the virtues of pity, humanity, sympathy, generosity, and so forth — for of these we have an abundance — but for the promotion of the habit of thinking clearly about politics, of looking disagreeable facts sternly in the face, of legislating not as if men were lumps of clay that a Congressional Committee can fashion at its pleasure, but for men as we find them with their passions, prejudices, hates, loves, and...
Page 240 - Godkin had been complaining about how very difficult it was "to get men of education in America to handle any subject with a light touch...
Page 258 - He has, through twentyfive years of public life, been the steady and fearless champion of an unpopular cause, and he has every year, in speeches and state papers, given abundant evidence of the possession of the highest order of talent. . . . Perhaps the greatest constitutional lawyer in America, the clearest-headed statesman, a powerful and above all a most logical orator, and of all the public men of this country perhaps the least of a demagogue and the most of a gentleman.
Page 129 - The population is scanty; and the houses, such as they are, for the most part are inhabited by that most wretched, most cadaverous, most thinly clad, most lean, most haggard, most woe-begone, forlorn, hopeless, God-forsaken-looking-portion of the human race, the poor niggerless whites of the slave States. I have seen many varieties of the genus homo...

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