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Quotations by author » Thomas Babington Macaulay
English Historian, 1800-1859
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A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
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A propensity which, for want of a better name, we will venture to christen Boswellism.
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A single breaker may recede; but the tide is coming in
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A system in which the two great commandments are to hate your neighbor and to love your neighbor's wife.
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An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia
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And even the ranks of Tuscany / Could scarce forbear to cheer.
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And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
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As civilisation advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
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Attend, all ye who list to hear our noble England's praise; / I tell of the thrice-noble deeds she wrought in ancient days.
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Boswell is the first of biographers
Biography
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
Poetry
Charles V said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge that, than his father Philip for giving him life.
KnowledgeLanguageLearning
Every schoolboy knows who imprisoned Montezuma, and who strangled Atahualpa.
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Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
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Few of the many wise apothegms, which have been uttered from the time of the seven sages of Greece to that of poor Richard, have prevented a single foolish action
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From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics, compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness, in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbor, and to love your neighbor's wife
Poetry
He . . . felt towards those whom he had deserted that peculiar malignity which has, in all ages, been characteristic of apostates.
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He who, in an enlightened and literary society, aspires to be a great poet, must first become a little child
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History, is made up of the bad actions of extraordinary men and woman. All the most noted destroyers and deceivers of our species, all the founders of arbitrary governments and false religions have been extraordinary people; and nine tenths of the calamities that have befallen the human race had no other origin than the union of high intelligence with low desires.
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I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both
Democracy
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