Bernard Williams quotes

Born
21 September 1929, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, England.

Died
10 June 2003.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Bernard Williams was an English philosopher.

An extravagance is something that your spirit thinks is a necessity.
– Bernard Williams

There was never a night or a problem that could defeat sunrise or hope.
– Bernard Williams

The majority of philosophers are totally humorless. That’s part of their trouble.
– Bernard Williams

A half-truth is usually less than half of that.
– Bernard Williams

Women have a favorite room, men a favorite chair.
– Bernard Williams

We may pass violets looking for roses. We may pass contentment looking for victory.
– Bernard Williams

What a strange world this would be if we all had the same sense of humor.
– Bernard Williams

Books had instant replay long before televised sports.
– Bernard Williams

This is the end of the day, but soon there will be a new day.
– Bernard Williams

If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.
– Bernard Williams

A half-truth is usually less than half of that.
– Bernard Williams

We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody’s weakness.
– Bernard Williams

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.
– Bernard Williams

A friend is a lot of things, but a critic isn’t.
– Bernard Williams

‘Humanity’ is a name not merely for a species but also for a quality.
– Bernard Williams

Talent is a flame. Genius is a fire.
– Bernard Williams

I like the word ‘indolence’. It makes my laziness seem classy.
– Bernard Williams

Few things move as quietly as the future.
– Bernard Williams

Man never made any material as resilient as the human spirit.
– Bernard Williams

We grow a little every time we do not take advantage of somebody’s weakness.
– Bernard Williams

It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.
– Bernard Williams

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers.
– Bernard Williams

Few things are as democratic as a snowstorm.
– Bernard Williams