Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

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 freedom, learning, maxims, people, politicians, and water

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on age, genius, poetry, and proof

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay

There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles II. But the seamen were not gentlemen, and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: History of England. Vol. i. Chap. ii. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on business

The business of everybody is the business of nobody.

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 desires, government, happiness, and people

That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.

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 duty, economics, government, idleness, improvement, intelligence, laws, nations, peace, people, punishment, rest, and reward

Our rulers will best promote the improvement of the nation by strictly confining themselves to their own legitimate duties, by leaving capital to find its most lucrative course, commodities their fair price, industry and intelligence their natural reward, idleness and folly their natural punishment, by maintaining peace, by defending property, by diminishing the price of law, and by observing strict economy in every department of the state. Let the Government do this: the People will assuredly do the rest.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay

These be the great Twin Brethren To whom the Dorians pray.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: The Battle of Lake Regillus. (From His Essays.)

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