Walter Bagehot was an English businessman, journalist and essayist noted for his extensive writings on literature, governance and economics. Bagehot studied mathematics at University College London and then studied philosophy at the post graduate level, before joining ‘Stuckey’s Banking Company’. However, it was as a journalist, writer and essayist that he really made his name. In 1860, he went on to become the editor-in-chief of the celebrated newspaper ‘The Economist’. He had also been the founder of ‘National Review’ and authored the book ‘The English Constitution’ that explored the parliamentary system as well as the monarchy in the United Kingdom. Bagehot was a prolific writer and one of the most respected journalists of his time, and wrote books like ‘Lombard Street: A Description of the Money Market’ and ‘Physics and Politics’ among others. We bring to you a compilation of quotes and sayings by the distinguished author which have been curated from his writings, books, essays, work, thoughts and life. Let us browse through simple, sensible and inspirational quotes and thoughts by Walter Bagehot that hold a world of wisdom.
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
An influential member of parliament has not only to pay much money to become such, and to give time and labour, he has also to sacrifice his mind too - at least all the characteristics part of it that which is original and most his own.