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Walter Bagehot
February 3, 1826 - March 24, 1877
Nationality: English
Category: Author
Subcategory: English Author

A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.


We must not let daylight in upon the magic.


What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.


The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

    Topics: Life

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


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


The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.


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.


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.


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.


I started out by believing God for a newer car than the one I was driving. I started out believing God for a nicer apartment than I had. Then I moved up.


Woman absent is woman dead.


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


Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.


The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it.


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.


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


Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.


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


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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