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THOMAS BABINGTON MACAULAY
English author, historian, statesman and poet
(1800 - 1859)
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He was utterly without ambition [Chas. II.]. He detested business, and would sooner have abdicated his crown than have undergone the trouble of really directing the administration.
      - History of England (Character of Charles II)
         (vol. I, ch. II) [Ambition]

And how can man die better
  Than facing fearful odds,
    For the ashes of his fathers
      And the temples of his gods?
      - Horatius keeps the Bridge [Patriotism]

And those behind cried "Forward!"
  And those in front cried "Back!"
      - Lays of Ancient Rome [Difference]

How well Horatius kept the bridge
  In the brave days of old.
      - Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (70)
        [Bravery]

Then none was for a party;
  Than all were for the state;
    Then the great man helped the poor,
      And the poor man loved the great:
        Then lands were fairly portioned;
          Then spoils were fairly sold:
            The Romans were like brothers
              In the brave days of old.
      - Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (st. 32)
        [Unity]

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?
      - Lays of Ancient Rome--Horatius (XXVII)
        [Death]

The kiss, in which he half forgets even such a yoke as yours.
      - Lays of Ancient Rome--Virginia (l. 138)
        [Kisses]

But thou, through good and evil, praise and blame,
  Wilt not thou love me for myself alone?
    Yes, thou wilt love me with exceeding love,
      And I will tenfold all that love repay;
        Still smiling, though the tender may reprove,
          Still faithful, though the trusted may betray.
      - Lines Written July 30, 1847 [Love]

The sweeter sound of woman's praise.
      - Lines Written on the Night of 30th of July, 1847
        [Praise]

The opinion of the great body of the reading public is very materially influenced even by the unsupported assertions of those who assume a right to criticize.
      - Mr. Robert Montgomery's Poems [Criticism]

That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.
      - On Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress [Books]

The conformation of his mind was such, that whatever was little seemed to him great, and whatever was great seemed to him little.
      - On Horace Walpole [Mind]

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.
      - On John Dryden [Imagination]

Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonym for the Devil.
      - On Machiavelli [Names]

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
      - On Milton [Poetry]

Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.
      - On Mitford's History of Greece [Politics]

That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
      - On Mitford's History of Greece
        [Government]

He had a head which statuaries loved to copy, and a foot the deformity of which the beggars in the streets mimicked.
      - On Moore's Life of Lord Byron [Appearance]

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
      - On Moore's Life of Lord Byron [Morality]

. . . A man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.
      - On Sir William Temple [Literature]

Ye diners out from whom we guard our spoons.
      - Political Georgics [Eating]

She [the Roman Catholic Church] may still exist in undiminished vigour, 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.
      - Ranke's History of the Popes [Ruin]

He [Steele] was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.
      - Review of Aikin's Life of Addison
        [Learning]

He [Temple] was a man of the world among men of letters, a man of letters among men of the world.
      - Review of Life and Writings of Sir William Temple
        [Learning]

Oh! wherefore come ye forth in triumph from the North,
  With your hands and your feet, and your raiment all red?
    And wherefore doth your rout send forth a joyous shout?
      And whence be the grapes of the wine-press which ye tread?
      - The Battle of Naseby [War]


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