Quotes by: Walter Bagehot

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Walter Bagehot
Portrait of Walter Bagehot
Born (1826-02-03)3 February 1826
Langport, Somerset, England
Died 24 March 1877(1877-03-24) (aged 51)
Langport, Somerset, England
Nationality British
Occupation Businessman, essayist, journalist

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.
Walter Bagehot
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.
Walter Bagehot
Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
Walter Bagehot
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Walter Bagehot
The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
Walter Bagehot
Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
Walter Bagehot
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
Walter Bagehot
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.
Walter Bagehot
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
Walter Bagehot
The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
Walter Bagehot
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
Walter Bagehot
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.
Walter Bagehot
So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.
Walter Bagehot
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
Walter Bagehot
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