Quotes by Thomas B. Macaulay

Thomas B. Macaulay

Thomas B. Macaulay

American essayist and historian

Alive from: 1800-1859

Category: History and sociology

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    Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
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    Politeness has well been defined as benevolence in small things.
    Source: Essays (Boswell)
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    She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.
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    The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
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    The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.
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    The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
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    The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.
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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.
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    The reluctant obedience of distant provinces generally costs more than it [The Territory] is worth. Empires which branch out widely are often more flourishing for a little timely pruning.
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    The whole history of Christianity proves that she has indeed little to fear from persecution as a foe, but much to fear from persecution as an ally.
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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.
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    Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!
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    We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
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    We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.
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    Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
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