William Lamb Melbourne

[2nd Viscount Melbourne]

William Lamb Melbourne Quotes

  • ''If it was not absolutely necessary, it was the foolishest thing ever done.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, Lord M, ch. 4 (1954). Comment on the Reform Bill of 1832.
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  • ''The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, Lord M, ch. 3 (1954).
  • ''Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, The Young Melbourne, ch. 9 (1939).
  • ''A doctrinaire is a fool but an honest man.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, The Young Melbourne, ch. 9 (1939).
  • ''Wealth is so much the greatest good that Fortune has to bestow that in the Latin and English languages it has usurped her name.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in David Cecil, The Young Melbourne, ch. 9 (1939). Notebook entry.
  • ''That is no use at all. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Quoted in Lord M, ch. 4, David Cecil (1954). Reply to a politician's pledge: "I will support you as long as you are in the right."
  • ''I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Comment reported by Melbourne's nephew Earl Cowper. Quoted in Lord Melbourne's Papers, preface (1889).
  • ''It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Remark, March 1841, at a Cabinet meeting. Quoted in The English Constitution, ch. 1, Walter Bagehot (1867).
  • ''It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same.''
    William Lamb Melbourne, 2nd Viscount (1779-1848), British statesman, prime minister. Remark, March 1841, at a Cabinet meeting. Quoted in Walter Bagehot, The English Constitution, ch. 1 (1867).

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