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Walter Bagehot Quotes

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.

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

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The reason that there are so few good books written is that so few people who write know anything.

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The essence of work is concentrated energy.

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A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.

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No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.

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It is an inevitable defect, that bureaucrats will care more for routine than for results.

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The cure for admiring the House of Lords is to go and look at it.

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The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.

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So long as war is the main business of nations, temporary despotism during the campaign is indispensable.

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