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 College London, where he studied mathematics and in 1848 earned a master's degree in intellectual and moral philosophy. In April 1848, Bagehot was sworn as a Special Constable in anticipation of Chartist riots in London.

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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).

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