18 Total Quotes

Thomas Babington Quotes

Then out spake brave Horatius, / The Captain of the Gate: / `To every man upon this earth / Death cometh soon or late. / And how can man die better / Than facing fearful odds, / For the ashes of his fathers, / And the temples of his Gods?'
Thomas Babington
#Death

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.
Thomas Babington
#Gentlemen

When some traveller from New Zealand shall, in the midst of a vast solitude, take his stand on a broken arch of London Bridge to sketch the ruins of St Paul's.
Thomas Babington
#Solitude #New Zealand

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
Thomas Babington
#English Historian

Thank you, madam, the agony is abated.<br/><br/>'aged 4, having hot coffee spilt over his legs
Thomas Babington
#Legs #Agony

And lastly, let us provide in our Constitution for its revision at stated periods
Thomas Babington
#Constitution

American democracy must be a failure because it places the supreme authority in the hands of the poorest and most ignorant part of the society.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

And to say that society ought to be governed by the opinion of the wisest and best, though true, is useless. Whose opinion is to decide who are the wisest and best?
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from 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.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

Persecution produced its natural effect on them. It found them a sect; it made them a faction.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

The maxim, that governments ought to train the people in the way in which they should go, sounds well. But is there any reason for believing that a government is more likely to lead the people in the right way than the people to fall into the right way of themselves?
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

There is surely no contradiction in saying that a certain section of the community may be quite competent to protect the persons and property of the rest, yet quite unfit to direct our opinions, or to superintend our private habits.
Thomas Babington
#British Poet

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 Babington
#British Poet