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Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
by Thomas B. Macaulay

Few of the many wise apothegms which have been uttered
have prevented a single foolish action.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Related topics: Wisdom

I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than
a king without the desire to read.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

To sum up the whole, we should say that the aim of
the Platonic philosophy was to exalt man into a god.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close,
and rendering it portable.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

 

Such night in England ne'er had been,
nor ne'er again shall be.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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There is only one cure for the evils which newly acquired freedom produces,
and that cure is freedom.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear,
but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The object of oratory alone in not truth,
but persuasion.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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 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

The best portraits are those in which there is a slight mixture of caricature.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

And how can man die better than facing fearful odds,
for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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

A good constitution is infinitely better than the best despot.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

I shall not be satisfied unless I produce something
which shall for a few days supersede the last fashionable
novel on the tables of young ladies.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great
events is proclaiming to us,
Reform, that you may preserve!
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Your Constitution is all sail and no anchor.
- 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

She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood,
how to deal with enthusiasts.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry,
without a certain unsoundness of mind.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters,
a man of letters amongst men of the world.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The knowledge of the theory of logic has no tendency
whatever to make men good reasoners.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

People crushed by law have no hopes but from power.
If laws are their enemies, they will be enemies to laws.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public
in one of its periodical fits of morality.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a
fourth estate of the realm.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Nothing except the mint can make money without advertising.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Reform, that we may preserve.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

A single breaker may recede; but the tide is evidently coming in.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Nothing is so useless as a general maxim.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof
of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

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.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

One who is too insistent on his own views,
finds few to agree with him.
- Lao Tzu

Wealth consists not in having great possessions,
but in having few wants.
- Epictetus

You must not lose faith in humanity.
Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty,
the ocean does not become dirty.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

Men in general judge more from
appearances than from reality. All
men have eyes, but few have
the gift of penetration.
- Niccolo Machiavelli

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants,
and to serve them one's self?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We know but a few men, a great many coats and breeches.
- Henry David Thoreau

One is taught by experience to put a premium
on those few people who can appreciate you for what you are.
- Gail Godwin

There are very few human beings who receive the truth,
complete and staggering, by instant illumination.
Most of them acquire it fragment by fragment,
on a small scale, by successive developments,
cellularly, like a laborious mosaic.
- Anais Nin

I have found out that though the ways in which
I can make myself useful are few,
yet the work open to me is endless.
- Helen Keller

Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity
opinions which differ from
the prejudices of their social environment.
Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
- Albert Einstein

Books and friends should be few but good.
- Anonymous

Everyone has a "best friend" during each stage of life,
but only a precious few have the same one.
- Anonymous

The happiest moments my heart knows are those in which
it is pouring forth its affections to a few esteemed characters.
- Thomas Jefferson

Few is the number of those
who think with their own mind
and feel with their own heart.
- Albert Einstein

Few are those who see with their own eyes
and feel with their own hearts.
- Albert Einstein

Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts.
- Anonymous

A benevolent man should allow a few faults in himself,
to keep his friends in countenance.
- Benjamin Franklin

True love is like ghosts,
which everyone talks about and few have seen.
- Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Few things are harder to put up with
than the annoyance of a good example.
- Mark Twain

Life repeats itself mindlessly -
unless you become mindful, it will go on repeating like a wheel.
That's why Buddhists call it the wheel of life and death,
the wheel of time.
It moves like a wheel: birth is followed by death,
death is followed by birth;
love is followed by hate, hate is followed by love;
success is followed by failure,
failure is followed by success. Just see!
If you can watch just for a few days,
you will see a pattern emerging, a wheel pattern.
One day, a fine morning, you are feeling so good and so happy,
and another day you are so dull,
so dead that you start thinking of committing suicide.
And just the other day you were so full of life,
so blissful that you were feeling thankful to God,
that you were in a mood of deep gratefulness,
and today there is great complaint
and you don't see the point why one should go on living...
And it goes on and on, but you don't see the pattern.
Once you see the pattern, you can get out of it.
- Osho

Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
- George Washington

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your children
have teenagers of their own.
- Doug Larson

Few people even scratch the surface,
much less exhaust the contemplation of their own experience.
- Randolph Bourne

Every few seconds it changes - up an eighth,
down an eighth -it's like playing a slot machine.
I lose $20 million, I gain $20 million.
- Ted Turner

It has been my experience that folks who
have no vices, have very few virtues.
- Abraham Lincoln

A few minutes ago every tree was excited,
bowing to the roaring storm,
waving, swirling, tossing their branches
in glorious enthusiasm like worship.
But though to the outer ear these trees
are now silent, their songs never cease.
- John Muir

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

America is becoming so educated that ignorance will be a novelty.
I will belong to the select few.
- Will Rogers

We are all "neighbors."
Our world has gotten too small for us to be anything else.
We can no longer have "us" and "them" - friends and enemies.
A person from Iraq, or Russia, or Columbia is
no more a stranger or enemy than a person from across town.
A few people everywhere are troublemakers.
Every religion provokes a few people to become extremists.
Do we need police around the globe? Unfortunately, we always will.
Do we need war? Does that question even deserve an answer?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Before I met my husband, I'd never fallen in love.
I'd stepped in it a few times.
- Rita Rudner

Few delights can equal the presence of one whom we trust utterly.
- George MacDonald


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