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The object of oratory alone in not truth, but persuasion.
– Thomas Babington Macaulay
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.
Many politicians are in the habit of laying 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.
There is only one cure for the evils which newly acquired freedom produces, and that cure is freedom.
Such night in England ne’er had been, nor ne’er again shall be.
The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.
We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
To that class we may leave it to refine the vernacular dialects of the country, to enrich those dialects with terms of science borrowed from the Western nomenclature, and to render them by degrees fit vehicles for conveying knowledge to the great mass of the population.
The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
Nothing is so galling to a people not broken in from the 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.
I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history if I can succeed in placing before the English of the nineteenth century a true picture of the life of their ancestors.
He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered have prevented a single foolish action.
I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency whatever to make men good reasoners.
A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in.
Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
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.
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?
The English Bible – a book which, if everything else in our language should perish, would alone suffice to show the whole extent of its beauty and power.
To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.
The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.