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Thomas B. Macaulay Quotes

(1800-1859), American Essayist and Historian

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

Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams

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.

Category: Army And Navy

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.

Category: Bible

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

Category: Catholicism

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

Category: Character

The real security of Christianity is to be found in its benevolent morality, in its exquisite adaptation to the human heart, in the facility with which its scheme accommodates itself to the capacity of every human intellect, in the consolation which it bears to the house of mourning, in the light with which it brightens the great mystery of the grave.

Category: Christians And Christianity

The effect of violent dislike between groups has always created an indifference to the welfare and honor of the state.

Category: Conflict

A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.

Category: Constitutions

Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.

Category: Constitutions

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.

Category: Empire

Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularly is indispensable to the creations of the imagination. In proportion as men know more and think more they look less at individuals and more at classes. They therefore make better theories and worse poems.

Category: Generalizations

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.

Category: Government

We must judge a government by its general tendencies and not by its happy accidents.

Category: Government

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

Category: Heroes And Heroism

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.

Category: History And Historians