33 Total Quotes

Thomas Macaulay Quotes

Charles V said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge that, than his father Philip for giving him life.
Thomas Macaulay
#Knowledge

By poetry we mean the art of employing of words in such a manner as to produce an illusion on the imagination; the art of doing by means of words, what the painter does by means of colors
Thomas Macaulay
#Art

The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm.
Thomas Macaulay
#English Historian

One of us two, Herminius, / Shall never more go home. / I will lay on for Tusculum, / And lay thou on for Rome!
Thomas Macaulay
#Home

The voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve
Thomas Macaulay
#Reform

Thus our democracy was, from an early period, the most aristocratic, and our aristocracy the most democratic in the world.
Thomas Macaulay
#Aristocracy

The history of England is emphatically the history of progress.
Thomas Macaulay
#England

I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read
Thomas Macaulay
#Books And Reading

Many politicians lay it down as a self-evident proposition, that no people ought to be free till they are fit to use their freedom. The maxim is worthy of the fool in the old story, who resolved not to go into the water till he had learned to swim.
Thomas Macaulay
#People #Politicians And Politics

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
Thomas Macaulay
#Poetry And Poets

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
Thomas Macaulay
#English Historian

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

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

Few of the many wise apothegms, which have been uttered from the time of the seven sages of Greece to that of poor Richard, have prevented a single foolish action
Thomas Macaulay
#Greece

From the poetry of Lord Byron they drew a system of ethics, compounded of misanthropy and voluptuousness, in which the two great commandments were, to hate your neighbor, and to love your neighbor's wife
Thomas Macaulay
#Poetry

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.
Thomas Macaulay
#History And Historians

Now who will stand on either hand / And keep the bridge with me?
Thomas Macaulay
#Bridge

We must judge of a form of government by it's general tendency, not by happy accidents
Thomas Macaulay
#Government

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality
Thomas Macaulay
#Morality

I have long been convinced that institutions purely democratic must, sooner or later, destroy liberty, or civilization, or both
Thomas Macaulay
#Democracy

Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.
Thomas Macaulay
#English Historian

The Puritan hated bear-baiting not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators
Thomas Macaulay
#Pleasure #Spectators

In Plato's opinion, man was made for philosophy; in Bacon's opinion, philosophy was made for man.
Thomas Macaulay
#Philosophers And Philosophy

A system in which the two great commandments are to hate your neighbor and to love your neighbor's wife.
Thomas Macaulay
#Society

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

A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
Thomas Macaulay
#Religious

Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilized people is poetical.
Thomas Macaulay
#Language

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.
Thomas Macaulay
#Christianity