Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot (pronounced BAD-jit, IPA: /ebed-?t/) (3 February 1826 - 24 March 1877) was a British businessman, essayist, and journalist who wrote extensively about literature, government, and economic affairs

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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.
An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
Nothing is more unpleasant that a virtuous person with a mean mind.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
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.
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.
The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.
The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything.
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
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.
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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