James Mackintosh

British politician (1765-1832)

Sir James Mackintosh (October 24, 1765May 30, 1832) was a Scottish jurist, politician and historian. He was trained as a doctor and barrister, and worked also as a journalist, judge, administrator, professor and philosopher.

Sir James Mackintosh


  • Diffused knowledge immortalizes itself.
    • Vindiciæ Gallicæ (1791).
  • The Commons, faithful to their system, remained in a wise and masterly inactivity.
    • Vindiciæ Gallicæ (1791).
  • The frivolous work of polished idleness.
    • Dissertation on the Progress of Ethical Philosophy (1830), Section VI: Foundation of a More Just Theory of Ethics — "Thomas Brown", paragraph 3.
  • Disciplined inaction.
    • Review of the Causes of the Revolution of 1688 (1834), Chapter VII, paragraph 1.
  • It is right to be content with what we have, but never with what we are.
    • Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh Vol. I (1835), edited by his son Robert James Mackintosh. London: Edward Moxon, p. 482.
  • Tiffin, what
    • Memoirs of the Life of the Right Honourable Sir James Mackintosh, Vol. II (1835), edited by Robert James Meckintosh, p. 516 (index).
    • This index entry refers the reader to Vol. I, p. 280, where a single-word footnote defines "Tiffin" as "Lunch".
  • The theory (propounded by Vedanta) [is] refined, abstruse, ingenious and beautiful.
    • Quoted from Londhe, S. (2008). A tribute to Hinduism: Thoughts and wisdom spanning continents and time about India and her culture. New Delhi: Pragun Publication.
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