Every generation enjoys the use of a vast hoard bequeathed to it by antiquity, and transmits that hoard, augmented by fresh acquisitions, to future ages.

-Thomas B Macaulay
Thomas B Macaulay

Was none who would be foremostTo lead such dire attack;But those behind cried "Forward!"And those before cried "Back!

Thomas B Macaulay
There was, it is said, a criminal in Italy who was suffered to make his choice between Guicciardini and the galleys. He chose the history. But the war of Pisa was too much for him; he changed his mind, and went to the oars.
Thomas B Macaulay

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

Thomas B Macaulay
A beggarly people, A church and no steeple.
Thomas B Macaulay

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

Thomas B Macaulay
To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not persecution. To punish a man, because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.
Thomas B Macaulay

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

Thomas B Macaulay
We hardly know an instance of the strength and weakness of human nature so striking and so grotesque as the character of this haughty, vigilant, resolute, sagacious blue-stocking, half Mithridates and half Trissotin, bearing up against a world in arms, with an ounce of poison in one pocket and a quire of bad verses in the other.
Thomas B Macaulay

That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.

Thomas B Macaulay
The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn.