Walter Bagehot Quotes

“In the faculty of writing nonsense, stupidity is no match for genius.”

Walter Bagehot

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

Walter Bagehot

“Life is a compromise of what your ego wants to do, what experience tells you to do, and what your nerves let you do.”

Walter Bagehot

“Life is a school of probability.”

Walter Bagehot

“Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.”

Walter Bagehot

“Nothing is more unpleasant than a virtuous person with a mean mind.”

Walter Bagehot

“The abstract thinking of the world is never to be expected of persons in high places.”

Walter Bagehot

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

Walter Bagehot

“The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency.”

Walter Bagehot

“The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can 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 see but one aspect of our neighbor, as we see but one side of the moon; in either case there is also a dark half, which is unknown to us. We all come down to dinner, but each has a room to himself.”

Walter Bagehot

“Writers, like teeth, are divided into incisors and grinders.”

Walter Bagehot

"Biographical Studies" Quotes

“You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor... Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to think other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.”

Walter Bagehot
Biographical Studies

"Physics and Politics" Quotes

“It is the continual effort of the beginning that creates the hoarded energy of the end.”

Walter Bagehot
Physics and Politics

"The English Constitution" Quotes

“An ancient and ever-altering constitution is like an old man who still wears with attached fondness clothes in the fashion of his youth: what you see of him is the same; what you do not see is wholly altered.”

Walter Bagehot
The English Constitution