There is scarcely any man who would not rather accuse himself of great crimes and of dark and tempestuous passions than proclaim all his little vanities and wild fancies. It would be easier to find a person who would avow actions like those of Caesar Borgia, or Danton, than one who would publish a daydream like those of Alnaschar and Malvolio. Those weaknesses which most men keep covered up in the most secret places of the mind, not to be disclosed to the eye of friendship or of love, were precisely the weakness which Boswell paraded before all the world. – T.B.Macaulay in essay on Samuel Johnson
We’re great fans of Macaulay for his trenchant style of writing.
Macaulay’s essays on Robert Clive, Warren Hastings, Samuel Johnson, William Pitt, Frederic the Great and other notable figures are a joy to read in an age when vehement criticism has all but disappeared..
On many a dark day, Macaulay has been our single solace.