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 Walter Bagehot - “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 - “Open-mindedness should not be fostered because, as Scripture teaches, Truth is great and will prevail, nor because, as Milton suggests, Truth will always win in a free and open encounter. It should be fostered for its own sake.”
 Walter Bagehot - “Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.”
 Walter Bagehot - “The reason why so few good books are written is that so few people who can write know anything”
 Walter Bagehot - “In the faculty of writing nonsense, stupidity is no match for genius.”
 Walter Bagehot - “Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence it has not the ballot-box before it its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.”
 Walter Bagehot - “The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession it is by them the mob are influenced it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages no one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.”
 Walter Bagehot - “A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault”
 Walter Bagehot - “Money is economic power”
 Walter Bagehot - “The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be”
 Walter Bagehot - “No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation”
 Walter Bagehot - “A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.”
 Walter Bagehot - “You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor”
 Walter Bagehot - “War both needs and generates certain virtues not the highest, but what may be called the preliminary virtues, as valor, veracity, the spirit of obedience, the habit of discipline. Any of these, and of others like them, when possessed by a nation, and no matter how generated, will give them a military advantage, and make them more likely to stay in the race of nations.”
 Walter Bagehot - “So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong”
 Walter Bagehot - “The beginning of civilization is marked by an intense legality that legality is the very condition of its existence, the bond which ties it together but that legality - that tendency to impose a settled customary yoke upon all men and all actions -”
 Walter Bagehot - “It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results.”
 Walter Bagehot - “Life is not a set campaign, but an irregular work, and the main forces in it are not overt resolutions, but latent and half-involuntary promptings”
 Walter Bagehot - “The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards.”
 Walter Bagehot - “You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.”
 Walter Bagehot - “The real essence of work is concentrated energy.”
 Walter Bagehot - “So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.”
 Walter Bagehot - “No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.”
 Walter Bagehot - “So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism during the campaign is indispensable.”
 Walter Bagehot - “Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.”

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