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Arthur James Balfour

Data de nascimento: 25. Julho 1848
Data de falecimento: 19. Março 1930

Arthur James Balfour, 1.º Conde de Balfour KG, OM, PC foi um político e estadista britânico, Primeiro-ministro do Reino Unido entre 1902-1905. É conhecido internacionalmente por ter dado seu nome, quando ministro do Exterior, à "Declaração de Balfour" através da qual o Governo britânico apoiou em 1917 as aspirações sionistas de criação de um estado nacional judeu na Palestina.

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

—  Arthur James Balfour

Theism and humanism
Contexto: 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.

„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
Contexto: 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
Contexto: 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.

„…there were some things that were true, and some things that were trite; but what was true was trite, and what was not trite was not true…“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Quoted by Winston Churchill in his Great Contemporaries (London & New York, 1937) p. 250 http://www.winstonchurchill.org/learn/speeches/quotations/quotes-falsely-attributed

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„The General Strike has taught the working class more in four days than years of talking could have done.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Speech (7 May 1926), reported in The Observer (14 November 1926), quoted in Robert Andrews, The New Penguin Dictionary of Modern Quotations (2003)

/ Lord President of the Council

„I should fear that the new Poland would suffer from the diseases through which the old Poland perished; that it would be a theatre of perpetual intrigues between Germany and Russia; and that its existence, so far from promoting the cause of European peace, would be a perpetual occasion of European strife.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Memorandum, 'The Peace Settlement in Europe' (November 1916), quoted in Blanche E. C. Dugdale, Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc. 1906–1930 (London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd, 1936), p. 325
First Lord of the Admiralty

„The Irish had owed their success to crime. Winston practically admitted it. They had defied British rule,—and British rulers had given in to them. How could such a state of things be said to fit in with the scheme of the Empire?“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Remarks after the publication of Winston Churchill's book The Aftermath (1929), quoted in Blanche E. C. Dugdale, Arthur James Balfour, First Earl of Balfour, K.G., O.M., F.R.S., Etc. 1906–1930 (London: Hutchinson & Co. Ltd, 1936), p. 248
Lord President of the Council

„Fairly well, but it is like talking to a lot of tombstones.“

—  Arthur James Balfour

Answer to Lord Riddell after he asked him how he liked speaking in the House of Lords (19 July 1922), quoted in Lord Riddell's Intimate Diary Of The Peace Conference And After 1918–1923 (London: Victor Gollancz, 1933), p. 379
Lord President of the Council

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