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Walter Bagehot quotes

No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.

The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.

A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.

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.

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.

A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.

A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.

Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.

Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.

The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.

You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

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.

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.

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.