Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

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 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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