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WALTER BAGEHOT
English author, critic, editor and economist
(1826 - 1877)

A man's mother is his misfortune, but his wife is his fault.
      - [Mothers]

An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
      - [Quiet]

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.
      - [Life]

Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
      - [Love]

Money is economic power.
      - [Money]

No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
      - [Meditation]

Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
      - [Poverty]

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

The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
      - [Pleasure]

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.
      - [Work]

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

Life is a school of probability.
      - quoting,
        "The World of Mathematics" by J.R. Newman (ed.)
         (p. 1360) [Probability]

The Ethiop gods have Ethiop lips,
  Bronze cheeks, and woolly hair;
    The Grecian gods are like the Greeks,
      As keen-eyed, cold and fair.
      - Literary Studies
         (II, 410, Ignorance of Man) [Gods]


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