Zitate von Leonard Henry Courtney

Leonard Henry Courtney Foto
1  0

Leonard Henry Courtney

Geburtstag: 6. Juli 1832
Todesdatum: 11. Mai 1918

Werbung

Leonard Henry Courtney, 1. Baron Courtney of Penwith PC war ein britischer Politiker der Liberal Party und später der Liberalen Unionisten.

Zitate Leonard Henry Courtney

„Es gibt drei Arten von Lügen: Lügen, verdammte Lügen und Statistiken.“

— Leonard Henry Courtney
To My Fellow-Disciples at Saratoga Springs, The National Review, London, No. 26, S. 21-26, 1895, S. 25; häufig fälschlich Benjamin Disraeli zugeschrieben

„It may be also confessed that life often survives all the perversities of training. We cannot absolutely nullify the prodigality of nature, try as hard as we may.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: It is true— it has been already admitted— that the picture will not be universally recognized; but it has been suggested that the failure of recognition lies rather in the degeneracy of the faculty of seeing than in the misrepresentation of the vision to be seen. It may be also confessed that life often survives all the perversities of training. We cannot absolutely nullify the prodigality of nature, try as hard as we may. In spite of most careful management, untractable growths survive in the most provoking way, and intrude themselves into fields believed to be kept free from their presence. And sometimes it happens that the poor party managers have to accommodate themselves to the genius they curse.

Werbung

„The individuals survive, but with their political activity dead or dying, no opportunities of life and growth being afforded them. Finally it presents as an embodiment of the nation an assembly or assemblies into which none can enter who have not been clipped, and pared, and trimmed, and stretched out of natural shape and likeness to slip along the grooves of supply.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: We may blunder on in spite of repeated miscalculations of the popular will. More penetrating and pernicious is the influence our ill-devised machinery has upon the character of our national life. It eats in and into it. It degrades candidates and electors alike. It does its worst to reduce to sterility of influence many of the best of the component elements of the people. The individuals survive, but with their political activity dead or dying, no opportunities of life and growth being afforded them. Finally it presents as an embodiment of the nation an assembly or assemblies into which none can enter who have not been clipped, and pared, and trimmed, and stretched out of natural shape and likeness to slip along the grooves of supply. A free press, free pulpits, and a free people outside help to correct what would otherwise become intolerable but press, pulpits and people, free as they are, work and live in strict limits of relation to the machinery established among them. The world revolves on its axis subject to the Constitution of the United States, and the most Radical newspaper man in London, if such there be, never lets his imagination range out of hearing of the Clock Tower.

„Such abundance of spoonmeat on the one hand, and such careful economy on the other of truths that may prove too strong for weak digestions! Such avowals of readiness to consider seriously any opinion, however obviously absurd, broached by a possible supporter! Such prompt denunciations of all the devices of an irreconcilable opponent!“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: What an education follows! It is really a fine comedy, though the players rarely know it. I am but a clumsy performer myself, and have to confess to incurable defects of training, so that I sometimes wonder I have not been hissed off the stage; still I have seen the performance through more than once or twice, and know something about it. Such tender and delicate adjustments and readjustments of convictions to keep the party balance sure! Such abundance of spoonmeat on the one hand, and such careful economy on the other of truths that may prove too strong for weak digestions! Such avowals of readiness to consider seriously any opinion, however obviously absurd, broached by a possible supporter! Such prompt denunciations of all the devices of an irreconcilable opponent!

„It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: : These have often been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, but also to Thomas Paine, Abraham Lincoln, and many others; Lord Denning in The Road to Justice (1988) states that the phrase originated in a statement of Irish orator John Philpot Curran in 1790: "It is the common fate of the indolent to see their rights become a prey to the active. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance."

„It is not everyone whose ductile mind takes him through this training, and a goodly number of up-growing men of not the worst promise for the future have to step aside.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: The young man who is moved in any way to contemplate an entry into public life, whose creed is not in absolute inheritance from his fathers, learns first of all to understand that there are two great political organizations, with one of which he must associate himself, learning and echoing its catch-words, accepting its leadership, and steeping himself in the belief that in it are wisdom and truth while the other party is void of both. It is not everyone whose ductile mind takes him through this training, and a goodly number of up-growing men of not the worst promise for the future have to step aside.

„After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies — damned lies — and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of. So we may be led to the serious consideration of change by the evolution of materials of conviction which those who run may read, though some who read may wish to run away from them.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: What a jolly awakening there will be some few years hence, when the inevitable argument of experience will show us a nation contradicting itself through the voices of its chosen representatives! The stupidest politician will sit up, rubbing his eyes. After all, facts are facts, and although we may quote one to another with a chuckle the words of the Wise Statesman, "Lies — damned lies — and statistics," still there are some easy figures the simplest must understand, and the astutest cannot wriggle out of. So we may be led to the serious consideration of change by the evolution of materials of conviction which those who run may read, though some who read may wish to run away from them. This is one of the earliest known uses of the term "Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics" which is often attributed to Mark Twain, who in his Autobiography (1924) in a passage probably written in Florence in 1904, attributes it to Benjamin Disraeli, perhaps because he thought him "The Wise Statesman" Courtney referred to. An even earlier incident has recently been located, in which Mrs Andrew Crosse (Cornelia Augusta Hewitt Crosse) states in "Old Memories Interviewed" (1892):

„More penetrating and pernicious is the influence our ill-devised machinery has upon the character of our national life. It eats in and into it. It degrades candidates and electors alike.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
Context: We may blunder on in spite of repeated miscalculations of the popular will. More penetrating and pernicious is the influence our ill-devised machinery has upon the character of our national life. It eats in and into it. It degrades candidates and electors alike. It does its worst to reduce to sterility of influence many of the best of the component elements of the people. The individuals survive, but with their political activity dead or dying, no opportunities of life and growth being afforded them. Finally it presents as an embodiment of the nation an assembly or assemblies into which none can enter who have not been clipped, and pared, and trimmed, and stretched out of natural shape and likeness to slip along the grooves of supply. A free press, free pulpits, and a free people outside help to correct what would otherwise become intolerable but press, pulpits and people, free as they are, work and live in strict limits of relation to the machinery established among them. The world revolves on its axis subject to the Constitution of the United States, and the most Radical newspaper man in London, if such there be, never lets his imagination range out of hearing of the Clock Tower.

Werbung

„There is an imperialism that deserves all honor and respect — an imperialism of service in the discharge of great duties. But with too many it is the sense of domination and aggrandisement, the glorification of power. The price of peace is eternal vigilance.“

— Leonard H. Courtney
As quoted in The Life Of Lord Courtney (1920) by G. P. Gooch<!-- p. 514 --> The statement "The price of peace is eternal vigilance" has been widely attributed to others, including George Marshall, however even Courtney's use of it is probably derived from an earlier statement with several variants: The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. The price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.

Die heutige Jubiläen
Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek Foto
Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek3
österreichische Politikerin, Nationalratsabgeordnete und ... 1961
Benny Andersson Foto
Benny Andersson
schwedischer Musiker, Komponist und Musikproduzent 1946
Hugo Münsterberg Foto
Hugo Münsterberg
deutsch-amerikanischer Psychologe 1863 - 1916
Nina Hamnett Foto
Nina Hamnett
britische Malerin, Bildhauerin und Schriftstellerin 1890 - 1956
Weitere 61 heute Jubiläen
Ähnliche Autoren
Phillip Stanphone Chesterfield Foto
Phillip Stanphone Chesterfield11
britischer Diplomat
Niccolo Machiavelli Foto
Niccolo Machiavelli30
florentinischer Politiker und Diplomat
Aneurin Bevan Foto
Aneurin Bevan1
britischer Politiker
Udo Voigt Foto
Udo Voigt4
deutscher Politiker und seit 1996 Parteivorsitzender der NPD
Edmund Burke Foto
Edmund Burke8
Schriftsteller, Staatsphilosoph und Politiker
Anton Szandor LaVey Foto
Anton Szandor LaVey5
Gründer und Hoherpriester der Church of Satan
George Catlett Marshall Foto
George Catlett Marshall2
amerikanischer General of the Army und Staatsmann
Noam Chomsky Foto
Noam Chomsky5
Professor für Linguistik am Massachusetts Institute of Te...
Jean Ziegler Foto
Jean Ziegler7
Schweizer Soziologe, Politiker und Sachbuch- und Romanautor