William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, 1779 - 1848
Oil on panel by Sir Edwin Henry Landseer (1836)
Born: 15 March 1779, London, England, UK
Died: 24 November 1848, Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire, England, UK
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- I say, Archbishop, all this reforming gives a deuced deal of trouble, eh? eh? I wish they'd let it all alone.... I say, Archbishop, what do you think I'd have done about this slavery business, if I'd had my own way? I'd have done nothing at all! I'd have left it all alone. It's all a pack of nonsense! Always have been slaves in all the most civilised countries; the Greeks and Romans had slaves; however, they would have their fancy, and so we've abolished slavery; but it's a great folly. permalink
letter to Richard Whately, Archbishop of Dublin
- I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything. permalink
- If it was not absolutely necessary, it was the foolishest thing ever done. permalink
- It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same. permalink
- It is tiresome to hear education discussed, tiresome to educate, and tiresome to be educated. permalink
- It wounds a man less to confess that he has failed in any pursuit through idleness, neglect, the love of pleasure, etc., etc., which are his own faults, than through incapacity and unfitness, which are the faults of his nature. permalink
- My esoteric doctrine, is that if you entertain any doubt, it is safest to take the unpopular side in the first instance. Transit from the unpopular, is easy ... but from the popular to the unpopular is so steep and rugged that it is impossible to maintain it. permalink
- My principles are, as I believe, the Whig principles of the revolution. The main foundation of them is the irresponsibility of the crown, the consequent responsibility of ministers, and the preservation of the power and dignity of parliament as constituted by law and custom. With a heap of modern additions, interpolations, facts and fictions, I have nothing to do. permalink
letter to Lord Holland (10 December 1815)
- Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step toward becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it is taken there is no hope. permalink
- Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle. permalink
- Your friends praise your abilities to the skies, submit to you in argument, and seem to have the greatest deference for you; but, though they may ask it, you never find them following your advice upon their own affairs; nor allowing you to manage your own permalink
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