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John Bartlett (1820–1905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.

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Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay. (1800–1859) (continued)
resting-place to those whose minds and bodies have been shattered by the contentions of the Great Hall.
          On Warren Hastings. 1841.
      In order that he might rob a neighbour whom he had promised to defend, black men fought on the coast of Coromandel and red men scalped each other by the great lakes of North America.
          On Frederic the Great. 1842.
      We hardly know an instance of the strength and weakness of human nature so striking and so grotesque as the character of this haughty, vigilant, resolute, sagacious blue-stocking, half Mithridates and half Trissotin, bearing up against a world in arms, with an ounce of poison in one pocket and a quire of bad verses in the other.
          On Frederic the Great. 1842.
      Men are never so likely to settle a question rightly as when they discuss it freely.
          Southey’s Colloquies.
      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.
          Southey’s Colloquies.
      The gallery in which the reporters sit has become a fourth estate of the realm.
          On Hallam’s Constitutional History.
      Intoxicated with animosity.
          On Hallam’s Constitutional History.
      Those who compare the age in which their lot has fallen with a golden age which exists only in imagination, may talk of degeneracy and decay; but no man who is correctly informed as to the past, will be disposed to take a morose or desponding view of the present.
          History of England. Vol. i. Chap. i.
      I shall cheerfully bear the reproach of having descended below the dignity of history. 1 
          History of England. Vol. i. Chap. i.
      There were gentlemen and there were seamen in the navy of Charles II. But the seamen were not gentlemen, and the gentlemen were not seamen.
          History of England. Vol. i. Chap. ii.
Note 1.
See Bolingbroke, page 304. [back]