Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on generations, lies, quiet, and silence

In that temple of silence and reconciliation where the enmities of twenty generations lie buried, in the great Abbey which has during many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Warren Hastings. 1841. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on catholicism, church, and solitude

She [the Roman Catholic Church] may still exist in undiminished vigour when some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St. Paul's.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Ranke's History of the Popes. 1840. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on beauty, books, language, and power

The English Bible,-a book which if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On John Dryden. 1828. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on imagination

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On John Dryden. 1828. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on darkness, failure, immortality, influence, literature, pain, sleep, sorrow, and tears

Wherever literature consoles sorrow or assuages pain; wherever it brings gladness to eyes which fail with wakefulness and tears, and ache for the dark house and the long sleep,-there is exhibited in its noblest form the immortal influence of Athens.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Mitford's History of Greece. 1824. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on dawn, mountains, and reflection

The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Historical Essays in the Edinburgh Review

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on imagination, judgment, and life

Our judgment ripens; our imagination decays. We cannot at once enjoy the flowers of the Spring of life and the fruits of its Autumn.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on christianity and devil

Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonym for the Devil.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Machiavelli. 1825. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on morality

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodic fits of morality.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Moore's Life of Lord Byron. 1830. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on creation

Nobles by the right of an earlier creation, and priests by the imposition of a mightier hand.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Milton. 1825. (From His Essays.)

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