Top 10 Quotes by Thomas B Macaulay

Thomas B Macaulay

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

Thomas B Macaulay
Both in individuals and in masses violent excitement is always followed by remission, and often by reaction. We are all inclined to depreciate whatever we have overpraised, and, on the other hand, to show undue indulgence where we have shown undue rigor.
Thomas B Macaulay

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

Thomas B Macaulay
Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
Thomas B Macaulay

This is the highest miracle of genius, that things which are not should be as though they were, that the imaginations of one mind should become the personal recollections of another.

Thomas B Macaulay
Re: Robert Montgomery's Poems His writing bears the same relation to poetry which a Turkey carpet bears to a picture. There are colours in the Turkey carpet out of which a picture might be made. There are words in Mr. Montgomery's writing which, when disposed in certain orders and combinations,have made, and will make again, good poetry. But, as they now stand, they seem to be put together on principle in such a manner as to give no image of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth.
Thomas B Macaulay

I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history.

Thomas B Macaulay
There is no country in Europe which is so easy to over-run as Spain; there is no country which it is more difficult to conquer.
Thomas B Macaulay

No particular man is necessary to the state. We may depend on it that, if we provide the country with popular institutions, those institutions will provide it with great men.

Thomas B Macaulay
If the Sunday had not been observed as a day of rest during the last three centuries, I have not the slightest doubt that we should have been at this moment a poorer people and less civilized.