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Thomas Babington Macaulay Quotes

Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he never would be found out.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Half-knowledge is worse than ignorance.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Everybody’s business is nobody’s business.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “How well Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The most beautiful object in the world, it will be allowed, is a beautiful woman.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Western literature has been more influenced by the Bible than any other book.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Then out spake brave Horatius, The Captain of the Gate: 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.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “We cannot absolutely prove that those are in error who tell us that society has reached a turning point, that we have seen our best days. But so said all before us, and with just as much apparent reason.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Finesse is the best adaptation of means to circumstances.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “In perseverance, in self command, in forethought, in all virtues which conduce to success in life, the Scots have never been surpassed.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The perfect disinterestedness and self-devotion of which men seem incapable, but which is sometimes found in women.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “There is only one cure for the evils which newly acquired freedom produces, and that cure is freedom.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “By poetry we mean the art of employing of words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words, what the painter does by means of colors.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “People who take no pride in the noble achievements of remote ancestors will never achieve anything worthy to be remembered with pride by remote descendants.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “It is, I believe, no exaggeration to say that all the historical information which has been collected from all the books written in the Sanskrit language is less valuable than what may be found in the most paltry abridgement used at preparatory schools in England.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Every generation enjoys the use of a vast hoard bequeathed to it by antiquity, and transmits that hoard, augmented by fresh acquisitions, to future ages.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “A page digested is better than a volume hurriedly read.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “I don’t mind your thinking slowly; I mind your publishing faster than you think.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “We deplore the outrages which accompany revolutions. But the more violent the outrages, the more assured we feel that a revolution was necessary.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable novel on the tables of young ladies.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The real object of the drama is the exhibition of human character.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “With respect to the doctrine of a future life, a North American Indian knows just as much as any ancient or modern philosopher.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The English Bible – a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “History distinguishes what is accidental and transitory in human nature from what is essential and immutable.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Logicians may reason about abstractions. But the great mass of men must have images. The strong tendency of the multitude in all ages and nations to idolatry can be explained on no other principle.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from birth as a paternal, or, in other words, a meddling government, a government which tells them what to read, and say, and eat, and drink and wear.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “The good-humor of a man elated with success often displays itself towards enemies.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Even the law of gravitation would be brought into dispute were there a pecuniary interest involved.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “What proposition is there respecting human nature which is absolutely and universally true? We know of only one, – and that is not only true, but identical, – that men always act from self-interest.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “A man who should act, for one day, on the supposition that all the people about him were influenced by the religion which they professed would find himself ruined by night.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “In after-life you may have friends – fond, dear friends; but never will you have again the inexpressible love and gentleness lavished upon you which none but a mother bestows.”
Thomas Babington Macaulay Quote: “Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!”
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