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26 Famous Quotes by Thomas Babington Macaulay
10/25/1800 - 12/28/1859
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Parent of sweetest sounds, yet mute forever.

Sound Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Enigma (last line), "Cut off my head, etc."

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There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles the Second. But the seamen were not gentlemen; and the gentlemen were not seamen.

Navy Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (vol. I, ch. III, pt. XXXII)

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The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.

Cruelty Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (vol. I, ch. II)

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And how can man die better Than facing fearful odds, For the ashes of his fathers And the temples of his gods?

Patriotism Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Horatius keeps the Bridge

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He was utterly without ambition [Chas. II.]. He detested business, and would sooner have abdicated his crown than have undergone the trouble of really directing the administration.

Ambition Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (Character of Charles II) (vol. I, ch. II)

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It is good to be often reminded of the inconsistency of human nature, and to learn to look without wonder or disgust on the weaknesses which are found in the strongest minds.

Humanity Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Warren Hastings

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Everybody's business is nobody's business.

Proverbs Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Essay on Hallam's Constit. History

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Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic.

Democracy Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History (vol. I, p. 20)

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In that temple of silence and reconciliation where the enmities of twenty generations lie buried, in the Great Abbey, which has during many ages afforded a quiet resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall.

Churches Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Warren Hastings

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A beggarly people, A church and no steeple.

Churches Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Warren Hastings

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The sweeter sound of woman's praise.

Praise Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Lines Written on the Night of 30th of July, 1847

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How well Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old.

Bravery Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (70)

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A system in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbour and to love your neighbour's wife.

Society Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Essays--Moore's Life of Lord Byron

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Then none was for a party; Than all were for the state; Then the great man helped the poor, And the poor man loved the great: Then lands were fairly portioned; Then spoils were fairly sold: The Romans were like brothers In the brave days of old.

Unity Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (st. 32)

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"Sidney Godophin," said Charles (II), "is never in the way and never out of the way."

Service Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (vol. I, p. 265, Cabinet Ed.)

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We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.

Morality Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: On Moore's Life of Lord Byron

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The object of oratory alone is not truth, but persuasion.

Oratory Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Essay on Athenian Orators

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The English doctrine that all power is a trust for the public good.

Public trust Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Essay on Horace Walpole

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Men of great conversational powers almost universally practise a sort of lively sophistry and exaggeration which deceives for the moment both themselves and their auditors.

Conversation Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Essay--On the Athenian Orators

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The impenetrable stupidity of Prince George (son-in-law of James II) served his turn. It was his habit, when any news was told him, to exclaim, "Est il possible?"--"Is it possible?"

Stupidity Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (vol. I, ch. IX)

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I don't mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.

Stupidity Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: History of England (vol. I, ch. IX)

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. . . A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.

Literature Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: On Sir William Temple

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Ye diners out from whom we guard our spoons.

Eating Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: Political Georgics

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His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.

Imagination Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: On John Dryden

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The human race is governed by its imagination. [Fr., C'est l'imagination qui gouverne le genre humain.]

Imagination Quotes, by Thomas Babington Macaulay , Source: On John Dryden

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