Caleb Williams
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By William Godwin

classics | 448 pages | Published in 2005

When honest young Caleb Williams comes to work as a secretary for Squire Falkland, he soon begins to suspect that his new master is hiding a terrible secret. But as he digs deeper into Falkland's past and finally unearths the guilty truth, the results of his curiosity prove calamitous when - even though Caleb has loyally sworn never to disclose what he has discovered - the Squire enacts a cruel revenge. A tale of gripping suspense and psychological power, William Godwin's novel creates a searing depiction of the intolerable persecution meted out to a good man in pursuit of justice and equality. Written to expose the political oppression and corrupt hierarchies its author saw in the world around him, Caleb Williams (1794) makes a radical call to end the tyrannical misuses of power.

ISBN_13:9781627939065
ISBN_10:1627939067

Quotes

Every hour that now flies over my head becomes irretrievably lost forever.

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How frail are the ties of human society, how easy to be broken, how impossible to be repaired!

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A man who is resolved to act honestly, is invincible.

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How much wiser is it to create than to destroy, to build up than to pull down!

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Jealousy is the offspring of pride and vain ambition.

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A constant, grounded respect for the rights of others can alone render a person truly great.

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No punishment ought to be continued after repentance ceases.

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Every wish is not only a dishonor to the heart but a disgrace to the understanding.

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Is a tyrant a human being? He is more properly a monster.

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Vengeance is a crime, and a crime more atrocious than any which it punishes.

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