Walter Bagehot


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Walter Bagehot (3 February 1826 – 24 March 1877) was a British businessman, essayist, Social Darwinist and journalist who wrote extensively about literature, government, and economic affairs.

Bagehot was born in Langport, Somerset, England, on 3 February 1826. His father, Thomas Walter Bagehot, was managing director and vice-chairman of Stuckey's Banking Company. He attended University ... more »

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  • ''A schoolmaster should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if he was amazed at being himself.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. (Article originally published 1852). Hartley Coleridge, vol. 1, Literary Studies (1878).
  • ''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 (1826-1877), British economist, critic. (Article originally published 1852). Hartley Coleridge, vol. 1, Literary Studies (1878).
  • ''So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism—despotism during the campaign—is indispensable.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1872).
  • ''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 (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 1 (1872).
  • ''Conquest is the missionary of valour, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1872).
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