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).
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).