Quotes by Walter Bagehot

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.
– Walter Bagehot
Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
– Walter Bagehot
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
– Walter Bagehot
One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
– Walter Bagehot
Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.
– Walter Bagehot
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
– Walter Bagehot
So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism - despotism during the campaign - is indispensable.
– Walter Bagehot
The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.
– Walter Bagehot
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.
– Walter Bagehot
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
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.
– Walter Bagehot
The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.
– Walter Bagehot
The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
– Walter Bagehot
We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
– Walter Bagehot
What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
– Walter Bagehot
Woman absent is woman dead.
– Walter Bagehot
Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
– Walter Bagehot
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
– Walter Bagehot
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
Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
– Walter Bagehot