Walter Bagehot Quotes

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


Walter Bagehot Quote: “No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “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 Quote: “Go ahead and do the impossible. It’s worth the look on the faces of those who said you couldn’t.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “The real essence of work is concentrated energy.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “We must not let daylight in upon the magic.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “Adventure is the life of commerce, but caution is the life of banking.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “A cabinet is a combining committee, a hyphen which joins, a buckle which fastens, the legislative part of the state to the executive part of the state. In its origin it belongs to the one, in its functions it belongs to the other.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “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.”


Walter Bagehot Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “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 Quote: “The peculiar essence of our banking system is an unprecedented trust between man and man. And when that trust is much weakened by hidden causes, a small accident may greatly hurt it, and a great accident for a moment may almost destroy it.”

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

Walter Bagehot Quote: “The less money lying idle the greater is the dividend.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “The best security for people’s doing their duty is that they should not know anything else to do.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “A democratic despotism is like a theocracy: it assumes its own correctness.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “What we opprobriously call stupidity, though not an enlivening quality in common society, is nature’s favorite resource for preserving steadiness of conduct and consistency of opinion.”

Walter Bagehot Quote: “The purse strings tie us to our kind.”

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