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Thomas B. Macaulay
1800 - 1859
Nationality: English
Category: Historian
Subcategory: English Historian

An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia.


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


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.


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.


Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.


I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.


Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.


Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.


A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.


The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners.


Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!


Such night in England ne'er had been, nor ne'er again shall be.


She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.


The measure of a man's real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.


He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.


We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.


The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.


People crushed by law have no hopes but from power. If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws.


And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?


There is only one cure for the evils which newly acquired freedom produces, and that cure is freedom.


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