Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

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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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 fashion and honor

Ambrose Phillips . . . who had the honor of bringing into fashion a species of composition which has been called, after his name, Namby Pamby.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Review of Aikin s Life of Addison, 1843

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on dignity and history

I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on heroism, life, poets, and work

The Life of Johnson is assuredly a great, a very great work. Homer is not more decidedly the first of heroic poets. Shakespeare is not more decidedly the first of dramatists, Demosthenes is not more decidedly the first of orators, than Boswell is the first of biographers. He has no second.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Macaulay, Samuel Johnson, 1831

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on character

The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on certainty, earth, good, heaven, poetry, principles, words, and writing

Re: Robert Montgomery's Poems His writing bears the same relation to poetry which a Turkey carpet bears to a picture. There are colours in the Turkey carpet out of which a picture might be made. There are words in Mr. Montgomery's writing which, when disposed in certain orders and combinations,have made, and will make again, good poetry. But, as they now stand, they seem to be put together on principle in such a manner as to give no image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Literary Essays in the Edinburgh Review

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on death, earth, and fatherhood

To every man upon this earth Death cometh soon or late; And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds For the ashes of his fathers And the temples of his gods?

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Lays of Ancient Rome. Horatius, xxvii. (From His Essays.)

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