Quotation by Thomas Babington Macaulay

Language, the machine of the poet, is best fitted for his purpose in its rudest state. Nations, like individuals, first perceive, and then abstract. They advance from particular images to general terms. Hence the vocabulary of an enlightened society is philosophical, that of a half-civilised people is poetical.
Thomas Babington Macaulay (1800–1859), British historian. repr. In Critical and Historical Essays (1843). "Milton," Edinburgh Review (August 1825).
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