Walter Bagehot was a British businessman, essayist, and journalist who wrote extensively about literature, government, and economic affairs.
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A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
The greatest please in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
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.
The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages; no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
Royalty is a government in which the attention of the nation is concentrated on one person doing interesting actions.
The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
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.
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.
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism -- despotism during the campaign -- is indispensable.
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.
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.
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.
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.
The cure for admiring the house of lords is to go and look at it.
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.
So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.
War both needs and generates certain virtues;
not the highest, but what may be called the preliminary virtues, as valor, veracity, the spirit of obedience, the habit of discipline. Any of these, and of others like them, when possessed by a nation, and no matter how generated, will give them a military advantage, and make them more likely to stay in the race of nations.
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. And a king of great sense and sagacity would want no others.
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.
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.
All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality - the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.
Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.