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Poetry
Engrave this Quote Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
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-Thomas Babington Macaulay
Politics
Engrave this Quote 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.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote To punish a man because he has committed a crime, or because he is believed, though unjustly, to have committed a crime, is not persecution. To punish a man, because we infer from the nature of some doctrine which he holds, or from the conduct of other persons who hold the same doctrines with him, that he will commit a crime, is persecution, and is, in every case, foolish and wicked.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote If any person had told the Parliament which met in terror and perplexity after the crash of 1720 that in 1830 the wealth of England would surpass all their wildest dreams, that the annual revenue would equal the principal of that debt which they considered an intolerable burden, that for one man of
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-Thomas Babington Macaulay, "Edinburgh Review", 1830
Engrave this Quote Time advances: facts accumulate; doubts arise. Faint glimpses of truth begin to appear, and shine more and more unto the perfect day. The highest intellects, like the tops of mountains, are the first to catch and to reflect the dawn. They are bright, while the level below is still in darkness. But soon the light, which at first illuminated only the loftiest eminences, descends on the plain, and penetrates to the deepest valley. First come hints, then fragments of systems, then defective systems, then complete and harmonious systems. The sound opinion, held for a time by one bold speculator, becomes the opinion of a small minority, of a strong minority, of a majority of mankind. Thus, the great progress goes on.
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Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote He had a wonderful talent for packing thought close, and rendering it portable.
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Recognition
Engrave this Quote A few more days, and this essay will follow the Defensio Populi to the dust and silence of the upper shelf... For a month or two it will occupy a few minutes of chat in every drawing-room, and a few columns in every magazine; and it will then be withdrawn, to make room for the forthcoming novelties.
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Reform, Correction
Engrave this Quote Turn where we may, within, around, the voice of great events is proclaiming to us, Reform, that you may preserve!
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Religion
Engrave this Quote A church is disaffected when it is persecuted, quiet when it is tolerated, and actively loyal when it is favored and cherished.
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Engrave this Quote The puritan hated bear baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
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Engrave this Quote And she (the Roman Catholic Church) may still exist in undiminished vigor, 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.
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Engrave this Quote She thoroughly understands what no other Church has ever understood, how to deal with enthusiasts.
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Scholars, Scholarship
Engrave this Quote He was a rake among scholars, and a scholar among rakes.
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