Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on admiration, books, love, and simplicity

That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. 1831. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on ethics, love, poetry, and wives

From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness,-a system in which the two great commandments were to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.

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 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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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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