As the heat of the coal differs from the coal itself, so do memory, perception, judgment, emotion, and will, differ from the brain which is the instrument of thought.
In a democracy, citizens pass judgment on their government, and if they are kept in the dark about what their government is doing, they cannot be in a position to make well-grounded decisions.
The affairs of this world are so shifting and depend on so many accidents, that it is hard to form any judgment concerning the future; nay, we see from experience that the forecasts even of the wise almost always turn out false.
Whenever we say a person’s name, notice whether we have stated more than a fact. For example, the judgment, ‘She’s thoughtless’ goes beyond the facts ‘She said she’d call me and she didn’t.’
A man’s conscience and his judgment is the same thing; and as the judgment, so also the conscience, may be erroneous.
It may be that by watching everywhere we go, by watching everything we do, by analyzing every word we say, by waiting and passing judgment over every association we make and every person we love, that we could uncover a terrorist plot, or we could discover more criminals. But is that the kind of society we want to live in?
Men of ill judgment ignore the good that lies within their hands, till they have lost it.
Doing a thing by law, or according to law, is only carrying the law into execution. And punishing a man by, or according to, the sentence or judgment of his peers, is only carrying that sentence or judgment into execution.
The susceptibility of the average modern to pictorial suggestion enables advertising to exploit his lessened power of judgment.
In any case, his judgment and set of values, acting alone or through his assistants, determine not only what is gold and what is dross but the design of the history which he creates out of the metal. The historian decides what is significant, and what is not.