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Walter Bagehot Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Walter Bagehot.

The great pleasure in life is doing
what people say you cannot do.
- Walter Bagehot

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The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds
and institutions which were invaluable at first,
and deadly afterwards.
- Walter Bagehot

Life is a school of probability.
- Walter Bagehot

Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind.
- Walter Bagehot

 

We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
- Walter Bagehot

So long as war is the main business of nations,
temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign -
is indispensable.
- Walter Bagehot

What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
- Walter Bagehot

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- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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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.
- Walter Bagehot

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

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.
- Walter Bagehot

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.
- Walter Bagehot

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
- Walter Bagehot

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

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

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

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations;
but it would be truer to say they are governed by the
weakness of their imaginations.
- Walter Bagehot

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.
- Walter Bagehot

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

A family on the throne is an interesting idea.
It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
- Walter Bagehot

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
- Walter Bagehot

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

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

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

Woman absent is woman dead.
- Walter Bagehot

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.
- Walter Bagehot

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

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

In every particular state of the world,
those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others;
and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
- Walter Bagehot

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good
to be without temptations.
- Walter Bagehot

The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it.
- Walter Bagehot

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.
- Walter Bagehot

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

The reason why so few good books are written is that
so few people who can write know anything.
- Walter Bagehot

Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become
victims to women who make advances to them.
- Walter Bagehot

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
- 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

Honor sinks where commerce long prevails.
- Walter Bagehot

Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
- Walter Bagehot

A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of
more or less idle people.
- Walter Bagehot

Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the
early food had not been the late poison.
- Walter Bagehot

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

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.
- Walter Bagehot

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.
- Walter Bagehot

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.
- 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

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather

The essence of life is not in
the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Silence is a source of great strength.
- Lao Tzu

To lead a great life:
Dream, Take Action, Repeat.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If (s)he's an apple and you're an orange,
celebrate your differences -
make a great fruit salad.
Love isn't about being the same -
it's about being sweet with each other.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dare to dream of your great success.
Become intimate with those things
which deeply motivate you
and regularly work toward
the realization of that mission.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

To the young child, all life is a great adventure -
when did we grow so dull and brittle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When we contemplate the whole globe as one great dewdrop,
striped and dotted with continents and islands,
flying through space with other stars
all singing and shining together as one,
the whole universe appears as an infinite storm of beauty.
- John Muir

As many raindrops join to form a great river of water,
many souls join their highest intent to form
the river of evolved consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are trivial truths and there are great truths.
The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false.
The opposite of a great truth is also true.
- Niels Bohr

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Know that you cannot create great new beginnings
until you sincerely celebrate the endings that precede them.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who believes is strong; he who doubts is weak.
Strong convictions precede great actions.
- Louisa May Alcott

Great works are performed not by strength,
but by perseverance.
- Samuel Johnson

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
- John D. Rockefeller

Confidence is the most important single factor in this game,
and no matter how great your natural talent,
there is only one way to obtain and sustain it: work.
- Jack Nicklaus

Keep courage. Whatever you do,
do not feel sorry for yourself.
You will win in a great age of opportunity.
- Richard L. Evans

We come nearest to the great
when we are great in humility.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces
that incessantly draw great events.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The challenge of living a great life is to create
a meaningful whole out of sometimes ill-fitting halves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is a great big canvas,
and you should throw all the paint you can on it.
- Danny Kaye

Know that the essence of life is not
in the great victories and grand failures,
but in the simple joys.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks
in great and honorable courses
with a sure hope and trust in itself.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

These are not dark days -
these are great days.
- Winston Churchill


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