Walter Bagehot

(1826-1877 / Langport)

Walter Bagehot Quotes

  • ''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).
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  • ''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).
  • ''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 (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sect. 2 (1872).
  • ''The whole history of civilisation is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1872).
  • ''One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 5 (1872).
  • ''Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1872).
  • ''A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.''
    Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. "The Character of Sir Robert Peel," Biographical Studies (1881).

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