Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot

English economist

Lived from: 1826-1877

Category: Economists and businessmen

Quotes: Walter Bagehot

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    A cold, and cynical wisdom particularly disapproves of most men's best actions.
    Source: Biographical Studies (1881)
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    A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
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    A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
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    A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
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    A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.
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    A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.
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    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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    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.
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    An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
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    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.
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    An inability to stay quiet is one of the most conspicuous failings of mankind.
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    Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
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    History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
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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.
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    It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
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