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Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Complete self-devotion is woman's part. Complete self-devotion is woman's part.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A page digested is better than a volume hurriedly read. A page digested is better than a volume hurriedly read.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The Orientals have another word for accident; it is "kismet,"fate. The Orientals have another word for accident; it is "kismet,"
fate.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: We are free, we are civilised, to little purpose, if we grudge to any portion of the human race an equal measure of freedom and civilisation. We are free, we are civilised, to little purpose, if we grudge to any portion of the human race an equal measure of freedom and civilisation.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: I am always nearest to myself, says the Latin proverb. I am always nearest to myself, says the Latin proverb.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in small things.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: So true it is, that nature has caprices which art cannot imitate. So true it is, that nature has caprices which art cannot imitate.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Even the law of gravitation would be brought into dispute were there a pecuniary interest involved. Even the law of gravitation would be brought into dispute were there a pecuniary interest involved.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The upper current of society presents no pertain criterion by which we can judge of the direction in which the under current flows. The upper current of society presents no pertain criterion by which we can judge of the direction in which the under current flows.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents. We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Scotland by no means escaped the fate ordained for every country which is connected, but not incorporated, with another country of greater resources. Scotland by no means escaped the fate ordained for every country which is connected, but not incorporated, with another country of greater resources.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: It may be laid as an universal rule that a government which attempts more than it ought will perform less. It may be laid as an universal rule that a government which attempts more than it ought will perform less.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: [I can] scarcely write upon mathematics or mathematicians. Oh for words to express my abomination of the science. [I can] scarcely write upon mathematics or mathematicians. Oh for words to express my abomination of the science.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: In the plays of Shakespeare man appears as he is, made up of a crowd of passions which contend for the mastery over him, and govern him in turn. In the plays of Shakespeare man appears as he is, made up of a crowd of passions which contend for the mastery over him, and govern him in turn.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: As freedom is the only safeguard of governments, so are order and moderation generally necessary to preserve freedom. As freedom is the only safeguard of governments, so are order and moderation generally necessary to preserve freedom.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Men naturally sympathize with the calamities of individuals; but they are inclined to look on a fallen party with contempt rather than with pity. Men naturally sympathize with the calamities of individuals; but they are inclined to look on a fallen party with contempt rather than with pity.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Power, safely defied, touches its downfall. Power, safely defied, touches its downfall.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still. The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Lars Porsena of ClusiumBy the Nine Gods he sworeThat the great house of TarquinShould suffer wrongs no more. Lars Porsena of Clusium
By the Nine Gods he swore
That the great house of Tarquin
Should suffer wrongs no more.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The highest eulogy which can be pronounced on the Revolution of 1688 is this that this was our last Revolution. The highest eulogy which can be pronounced on the Revolution of 1688 is this that this was our last Revolution.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Finesse is the best adaptation of means to circumstances. Finesse is the best adaptation of means to circumstances.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The whole history of Christianity proves that she has little indeed to fear from persecution as a foe, but much to fear from persecution as an ally. The whole history of Christianity proves that she has little indeed to fear from persecution as a foe, but much to fear from persecution as an ally.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it. That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Half-knowledge is worse than ignorance. Half-knowledge is worse than ignorance.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: No man in the world acts up to his own standard of right. No man in the world acts up to his own standard of right.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The history of nations, in the sense in which I use the word, is often best studied in works not professedly historical. The history of nations, in the sense in which I use the word, is often best studied in works not professedly historical.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: How well Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old. How well Horatius kept the bridge In the brave days of old.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: He had done that which could never be forgiven; he was in the grasp of one who never forgave. He had done that which could never be forgiven; he was in the grasp of one who never forgave.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false. A history in which every particular incident may be true may on the whole be false.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: With respect to the doctrine of a future life, a North American Indian knows just as much as any ancient or modern philosopher. With respect to the doctrine of a future life, a North American Indian knows just as much as any ancient or modern philosopher.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: To be a really good historian is perhaps the rarest of intellectual distinctions. To be a really good historian is perhaps the rarest of intellectual distinctions.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: We never could clearly understand how it is that egotism, so unpopular in conversation, should be so popular in writing. We never could clearly understand how it is that egotism, so unpopular in conversation, should be so popular in writing.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The effective strength of sects is not to be ascertained merely by counting heads. The effective strength of sects is not to be ascertained merely by counting heads.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty or civilization, or both. I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty or civilization, or both.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Forget all feuds, and shed one English tearO'er English dust. A broken heart lies here. Forget all feuds, and shed one English tear
O'er English dust. A broken heart lies here.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: He who, in an enlightened and literary society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child. He who, in an enlightened and literary society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: I wish I was as sure of anything as he is of everything. I wish I was as sure of anything as he is of everything.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The business of everybody is the business of nobody. The business of everybody is the business of nobody.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked. He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Western literature has been more influenced by the Bible than any other book. Western literature has been more influenced by the Bible than any other book.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: More sinners are cursed at not because we despise their sins but because we envy their success at sinning. More sinners are cursed at not because we despise their sins but because we envy their success at sinning.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Beards in olden times, were the emblems of wisdom and piety. Beards in olden times, were the emblems of wisdom and piety.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The temple of silence and reconciliation. The temple of silence and reconciliation.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Boswell is the first of biographers. Boswell is the first of biographers.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The ascendency of the sacerdotal order was long the ascendency which naturally and properly belonged to intellectual superiority. The ascendency of the sacerdotal order was long the ascendency which naturally and properly belonged to intellectual superiority.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: What society wants is a new motive, not a new cant. What society wants is a new motive, not a new cant.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Shakespeare has had neither equal nor second. Shakespeare has had neither equal nor second.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The Church is the handmaid of tyranny and the steady enemy of liberty. The Church is the handmaid of tyranny and the steady enemy of liberty.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: History distinguishes what is accidental and transitory in human nature from what is essential and immutable. History distinguishes what is accidental and transitory in human nature from what is essential and immutable.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues. In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: We deplore the outrages which accompany revolutions. But the more violent the outrages, the more assured we feel that a revolution was necessary. We deplore the outrages which accompany revolutions. But the more violent the outrages, the more assured we feel that a revolution was necessary.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: We must succumb to the general influence of the times. No man can be of the tenth century, if he would; be must be a man of the nineteenth century. We must succumb to the general influence of the times. No man can be of the tenth century, if he would; be must be a man of the nineteenth century.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The good-humor of a man elated with success often displays itself towards enemies. The good-humor of a man elated with success often displays itself towards enemies.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic. Thus our democracy was from an early period the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The real object of the drama is the exhibition of human character. The real object of the drama is the exhibition of human character.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence. The hearts of men are their books; events are their tutors; great actions are their eloquence.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A Grecian history, perfectly written should be a complete record of the rise and progress of poetry, philosophy, and the arts. A Grecian history, perfectly written should be a complete record of the rise and progress of poetry, philosophy, and the arts.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The most beautiful object in the world, it will be allowed, is a beautiful woman. The most beautiful object in the world, it will be allowed, is a beautiful woman.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished. A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: In perseverance, in self command, in forethought, in all virtues which conduce to success in life, the Scots have never been surpassed. In perseverance, in self command, in forethought, in all virtues which conduce to success in life, the Scots have never been surpassed.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A dominant religion is never ascetic. A dominant religion is never ascetic.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps. Knowledge advances by steps, and not by leaps.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: Language is the machine of the poet. Language is the machine of the poet.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: A few more years will destroy whatever yet remains of that magical potency which once belonged to the name of Byron. A few more years will destroy whatever yet remains of that magical potency which once belonged to the name of Byron.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: The end of government is the happiness of the people. The end of government is the happiness of the people.
Thomas B. Macaulay quotes: In truth it may be laid down as an almost universal rule that good poets are bad critics. In truth it may be laid down as an almost universal rule that good poets are bad critics.