Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thomas Babington Macaulay on personal politics

“The confidence of the English people is to be obtained, not by a sycophancy, which degrades alike those who pay and those who receive it, but by rectitude and plain dealing . . . If ever there was a time when public men were in an especial measure bound to speak the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, this is the time . . . It is not necessary to my happiness that I should sit in Parliament.  It is necessary that I should possess, in Parliament or out of Parliament, the consciousness of having done the right thing.”

Thomas Babington Macaulay

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