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 :: 1826-1877, British Economist, Critic

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Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Men and Women]

 

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What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Mind]

 

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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 - [Nations]

 

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The cure for admiring the house of lords is to go and look at it.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Observation]

 

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A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Parliament]

 

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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 - [Free Will]

 

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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 - [Government]

 

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One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Innovation]

 

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The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Institutions]

 

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Conquest is the missionary of valor, and the hard impact of military virtues beats meanness out of the world.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Conquest]

 

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So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism -- despotism during the campaign -- is indispensable.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Despotism]

 

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An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Diplomacy]

 

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An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Exaggeration]

 

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Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Belief]

 

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A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Bureaucracy]

 

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A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Weddings]

 

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Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
~ Walter Bagehot - [Writers and Writing]

 

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