Thomas Babington Macaulay

Literary Birthday – 25 October – Thomas Babington Macaulay

Thomas Babington Macaulay was born 25 October 1800, and died 28 December 1859.

Seven Quotes

  1. The great cause of revolutions is this, that while nations move onward, constitutions stand still.
  2. The measure of a man’s real character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out.
  3. Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
  4. I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.
  5. The highest proof of virtue is to possess boundless power without abusing it.
  6. It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.
  7. What a blessing it is to love books as I love them;- to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal!

Thomas Babington Macaulay was a British historian, essayist and reviewer who wrote books on British history. He held political office as Secretary at War and Paymaster-General. He played a major role in introducing English and western concepts to education in India. He wrote The History of England.

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Antoine Claudet, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 25th October 2013