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Viscount Melbourne, of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, was a title created for Peniston Lamb, 1st Baron Melbourne in 1781 in the Peerage of Ireland. He had previously been created Lord Melbourne, Baron of Kilmore in the County of Cavan, in the Peerage of Ireland, in 1770, and was further created Baron Melbourne, of Melbourne in the County of Derby, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1815. The 2nd Viscount was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, while his brother, the 3rd Viscount, was a diplomat who was created Baron Beauvale, of Beauvale in the County of Nottingham, in the Peerage of the United Kingdom, in 1839, before succeeding to the Viscountcy. All the titles became extinct on the death of the 3rd Viscount.

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Nobody ever did anything very foolish except from some strong principle.

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.
That is no use at all. What I want is men who will support me when I am in the wrong.
Wealth is so much the greatest good that Fortune has to bestow that in the Latin and English languages it has usurped her name.
If it was not absolutely necessary, it was the foolishest thing ever done.
I wish I was as cocksure of anything as Tom Macaulay is of everything.
Neither man nor woman can be worth anything until they have discovered that they are fools. This is the first step towards becoming either estimable or agreeable; and until it be taken there is no hope. The sooner the discovery is made the better, as there is more time and power for taking advantage of it. Sometimes the great truth is found out too late to apply to it any effectual remedy. Sometimes it is never found at all; and these form the desperate and inveterate causes of folly, self-conceit, and impertinence.
The whole duty of government is to prevent crime and to preserve contracts.
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.
A doctrinaire is a fool but an honest man.
You should never assume contempt for that which it is not very manifest that you have it in your power to possess, nor does a wit ever make a more contemptible figure than when, in attempting satire, he shows that he does not understand that which he would make the subject of his ridicule.
It is not much matter which we say, but mind, we must all say the same.
Once is orthodox, twice is puritanical.
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, without thinking that you should follow theirs. Thus, in fact, they all think themselves wiser than you, whatever they may say.