"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Walter Bagehot on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Walter Bagehot on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Walter Bagehot on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Walter Bagehot on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Walter Bagehot on Winston Churchill
"No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist."
"A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life."
"Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison."
"The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen."
"The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards."