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Arthur James Balfour

Data di nascita: 25. Luglio 1848
Data di morte: 19. Marzo 1930

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Arthur James Balfour, I conte di Balfour è stato un politico inglese.

Ha fatto parte del Partito Conservatore.

È stato Primo ministro del Regno Unito dal 12 luglio 1902 al 5 dicembre 1906. Era inoltre membro della Massoneria britannica.

Nel 1917, mentre ricopriva la carica di Segretario per gli Affari Esteri Britannico, fu sostenitore della creazione di uno stato ebraico in Palestina in vista della prevista sconfitta dell'Impero Ottomano nell'ambito della Prima guerra mondiale.

Balfour fu membro della Round Table e della Fabian Society. Fu inoltre presidente della Society for Psychical Research di Londra nel 1893.

Nel 1895 pubblicò il libro Foundations of Belief, che ebbe numerose edizioni e fu tradotto in francese.

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„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
Context: 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
Context: 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
Context: 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.

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„... 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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