British politician ( 1758 – 1837)
Thomas Babington of Rothley Temple was an English philanthropist and politician. He was a member of the Clapham Sect, alongside more famous abolitionists such as William Wilberforce and Hannah More. An active anti-slavery campaigner, he had reservations about the participation of women associations in the movement.
Thomas Babington Quotes
It is the nature of man to overrate present evil and to underrate present good; to long for what he has not, and to be dissatisfied with what he has.
Temple was a man of the world amongst men of letters, a man of letters amongst men of the world.
Free trade, one of the greatest blessings which a government can confer on a people, is in almost every country unpopular.
That is the best government which desires to make the people happy, and knows how to make them happy.
We see no reason for thinking that the opinions of the magistrate on speculative questions are more likely to be right than those of any other man. None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbors. The chance of his being wiser than all his neighbors together is still smaller.
The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators.
It is possible to be below flattery as well as above it.
That wonderful book, while it obtains admiration from the most fastidious critics, is loved by those who are too simple to admire it.
Out of his surname they have coined an epithet for a knave, and out of his Christian name a synonym for the Devil.
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.