Walter Bagehot Quotes

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Walter Bagehot was born on 3rd February 1826. He was a British journalist who wrote extensively about literature and economics and government policies. Bagehot was born in England. His father, Thomas Walter Bagehot, was managing director and vice-chairman of Stuckey’s Banking Company. Walter Bagehot joined University College London. Mathematics was his favorite subject. In 1850 he got master’s degree in intellectual and moral philosophy.

Walter Bagehot Quotes, Sayings and Quotations

A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.
– 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

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

An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
– 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 inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
– Walter Bagehot

Business is really more agreeable than pleasure: it interests the whole mind … but it does not look as if it did.
– Walter Bagehot

Civilized ages inherit the human nature which was victorious in barbarous ages, and that nature is, in many respects, not at all suited to civilized circumstances.
– Walter Bagehot

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

Credit means that a certain confidence is given, and a certain trust reposed. Is that trust justified? and is that confidence wise? These are the cardinal questions. To put it more simply credit is a set of promises to pay; will those promises be kept?
– 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

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
– 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

Life is a school of probability.
– Walter Bagehot

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

Most men of business think “Anyhow this system will probably last my time. It has gone on a long time, and is likely to go on still.”
– Walter Bagehot

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

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

Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
– 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 war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism during the campaign is indispensable.
– Walter Bagehot

Speak of the gods as they are.
– 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 less money lying idle the greater is the dividend.
– Walter Bagehot

The Sovereign has, under a constitutional monarchy such as ours, three rights – the right to be consulted, the right to encourage, the right to warn.
– Walter Bagehot

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

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

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. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people’s minds.
– Walter Bagehot

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

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

We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
– 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


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