Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

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 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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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on love

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He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked.

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 future and generations

Every generation enjoys the use of a vast hoard bequeathed to it by antiquity, and transmits that hoard, augmented by fresh acquisitions, to future ages.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: History of England

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on history, nations, and study

The history of nations, in the sense in which I use the word, is often best studied in works not professedly historical.

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 age, companions, destiny, genius, men, and posterity

What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man!-To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: On Boswell's Life of Johnson (Croker's ed.). 1831. (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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