Top 10 Quotes by Thomas B Macaulay

Thomas B Macaulay

What a singular destiny has been that of this remarkable man!-To be regarded in his own age as a classic, and in ours as a companion! To receive from his contemporaries that full homage which men of genius have in general received only from posterity; to be more intimately known to posterity than other men are known to their contemporaries!

Thomas B Macaulay
In every age the vilest specimens of human nature are to be found among demagogues.
Thomas B Macaulay

Even Holland and Spain have been positively, though not relatively, advancing.

Thomas B Macaulay
The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
Thomas B Macaulay

The perfect disinterestedness and self-devotion of which men seem incapable, but which is sometimes found in women.

Thomas B Macaulay
The study of the properties of numbers, Plato tells us, habituates the mind to the contemplation of pure truth, and raises us above the material universe. He would have his disciples apply themselves to this study, not that they may be able to buy or sell, not that they may qualify themselves to be shopkeepers or travelling merchants, but that they may learn to withdraw their minds from the ever-shifting spectacle of this visible and tangible world, and to fix them on the immutable essences of things.
Thomas B Macaulay

The highest eulogy which can be pronounced on the Revolution of 1688 is this that this was our last Revolution.

Thomas B Macaulay
So true it is, that nature has caprices which art cannot imitate.
Thomas B Macaulay

If anybody would make me the greatest king that ever lived, with palaces, and gardens and fine dinners, and wine, and coaches, and beautiful clothes, and hundreds of servants, on condition that I would not read books, I would not be a king.

Thomas B Macaulay
The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.