It is the nature of man to overrate present evil and to underrate present good; to long for what he has not, and to be dissatisfied with what he has.
Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)
Source: History of England
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I have not the Chancellor's encyclopedic mind. He is indeed a kind of semi-Solomon. He half knows everything, from the cedar to the hyssop.
Source: Letter to Macvey Napier, Dec. 17, 1830. (From His Essays.)
It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.
Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.
Source: On Mitford's History of Greece. 1824. (From His Essays.)
Ambrose Phillips . . . who had the honor of bringing into fashion a species of composition which has been called, after his name, Namby Pamby.
Source: Review of Aikin s Life of Addison, 1843
I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history.
Source: History of England. Vol. i. Chap. i. (From His Essays.)
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