Walter Bagehot Quotes

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Walter Bagehot Quotes

You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.
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The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

— Walter Bagehot

The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.

— Walter Bagehot

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

— Walter Bagehot

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

— 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

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.

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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.

— Walter Bagehot

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

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

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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

Capital must be propelled by self-interest; it cannot be enticed by benevolence.

— Walter Bagehot

The Ethiop gods have Ethiop lips, Bronze cheeks, and woolly hair; The Grecian gods are like the Greeks, As keen-eyed, cold and fair.

— Walter Bagehot

The less money lying idle the greater is the dividend.

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A political country is like an American forest; you have only to cut down the old trees, and immediately new trees come up to replace them.

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Nations touch at their summits.

— Walter Bagehot

When great questions end, little parties begin.

— Walter Bagehot

Not only does a bureaucracy tend to under-government in point of quality; it tends to over-government in point of quantity.

— Walter Bagehot

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