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All Quotes by author - Thomas Babington Macaulay
" A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot. "
" American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society. "
" An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia. "
" And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods? "
" And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless. Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best? "
" As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. "
" A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in. "
" Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action. "
" He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable. "
" He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes. "
" I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors. "
" 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. "
" I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read. "
" Many politicians are in the habit of laying it down as a self-evident proposition that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim. "
" Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely. "
" None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours. "
" Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising. "
" Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the 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. "
" Nothing is so useless as a general maxim. "
" People crushed by law have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws. "
" Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. "
" Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction. "
" Reform, that we may preserve. "
" She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts. "
" Such night in England ne'er had been, nor ne'er again shall be. "
" Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world. "
" That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy. "
" The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature. "
" The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state. "
" 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. "
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