Walter Bagehot Quotes

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Nations touch at their summits.

country

Life is a school of probability.

life

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

writers

One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.

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

adversity

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

temptation

The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first and deadly afterwards.
— Walter Bagehot

civilization

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.

stupidity

Nine tenths of modern science is in this respect the same: it is the produce of men whom their contemporaries thought dreamers - who were laughed at for caring for what did not concern them - who, as the proverb went, 'walked into a well from looking at the stars' - who were believed to be useless, if anyone could be such.
— Walter Bagehot

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