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 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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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on character, nature, strength, weakness, and world

We hardly know an instance of the strength and weakness of human nature so striking and so grotesque as the character of this haughty, vigilant, resolute, sagacious blue-stocking, half Mithridates and half Trissotin, bearing up against a world in arms, with an ounce of poison in one pocket and a quire of bad verses in the other.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Frederic the Great. 1842. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on mind

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The conformation of his mind was such that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Horace Walpole. 1833. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on abuse, art, inferiority, judgment, and talent

A man possessed of splendid talents, which he often abused, and of a sound judgment, the admonitions of which he often neglected; a man who succeeded only in an inferior department of his art, but who in that department succeeded pre-eminently.

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 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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