Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington

1800 - 1859

A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on kindness and mind

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.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

Source: Letter to Macvey Napier, Dec. 17, 1830. (From His Essays.)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on flattery

It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.

Lord Macaulay Thomas Babington (1800 - 1859)

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A Quote by Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay on blessings, country, government, people, and trade

Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.

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 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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