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    We know no spectacle so ridiculous as the British public in one of its periodical fits of morality.
    —Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)

    till seven years were gane and past,
    True Thomas on earth was never seen.
    —Unknown. Thomas the Rhymer (l. 79–80)

    The Puritan hated bearbaiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
    —Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)

    Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilised people is poetical.
    —Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859)