81 Total Quotes

Walter Bagehot Quotes

Walter Bagehot
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
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What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
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The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything
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#Books And Reading

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The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
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A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
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The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.
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History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
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#Third World #Cost

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An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
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The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
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#English Author #Art

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War both needs and generates certain virtues; not the highest, but what may be called the preliminary virtues, as valor, veracity, the spirit of obedience, the habit of discipline. Any of these, and of others like them, when possessed by a nation, and no matter how generated, will give them a military advantage, and make them more likely to stay in the race of nations.
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#War

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Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.
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Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
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#English Author #Dullness

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The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights -- the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others.
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#Royalty #Constitutional

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Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
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I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.
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#English Author #Believing

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An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too - at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own.
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The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
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The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages; no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
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#Politicians And Politics

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A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
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Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
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In the faculty of writing nonsense, stupidity is no match for genius.
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#Genius

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A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
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#English Author #Civilization

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Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.
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#Government