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Arthur Balfour

Geburtstag: 25. Juli 1848
Todesdatum: 19. März 1930

Arthur James Balfour, 1. Earl of Balfour war ein britischer Politiker und Premierminister.

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„Everything that happened, good or bad, would subtract something from the lessening store of useful energy, till a time arrived when nothing could happen any more, and the universe, frozen into eternal repose, would for ever be as if it were not.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Theism and humanism
Kontext: Everything that happened, good or bad, would subtract something from the lessening store of useful energy, till a time arrived when nothing could happen any more, and the universe, frozen into eternal repose, would for ever be as if it were not. /.../ The physical course of nature does not merely fail to indicate design, it seems loudly to proclaim its absence.

„Here we have values which by supposition we are reluctant to lose. Neither scientific observation nor sober sense can preserve them. It is surely permissible to ask what will.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Theism and humanism
Kontext: Romantic love goes far beyond race requirements. From this point of view it is as useless as aesthetic emotion itself. And, like aesthetic emotion of the profounder sort, it is rarely satisfied with the definite, the limited, and the immediate. It ever reaches out towards an unrealised infinity. It cannot rest content with the prose of mere fact. It sees visions and dreams dreams which to an unsympathetic world seem no better than amiable follies. Is it from sources like these—the illusions of love and the enthusiasms of ignorance—that we propose to supplement the world-outlook provided for us by sober sense and scientific observation?
Yet why not? Here we have values which by supposition we are reluctant to lose. Neither scientific observation nor sober sense can preserve them. It is surely permissible to ask what will.

„We now know too much about matter to be materialists.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Theism and humanism
Kontext: We now know too much about matter to be materialists. The very essence of the physical order of things is that it creates nothing new. Change is never more than a redistribution of that which never changes. But sensibility belongs to the world of consciousness, not to the world of matter.

„Biography should be written by an acute enemy.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Observer (20 January 1927).

„Our whole political machinery presupposes a people so fundamentally at one that they can safely afford to bicker.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Introduction to Walter Bagehot's The English Constitution (London: Oxford University Press, 1928), p. xxiv.

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