"The whole history of civilization is strewn with creeds and institutions which were invaluable at first, and deadly afterwards."
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall."Walter Bagehot on Confucius
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew."Walter Bagehot on Abraham Lincoln
"A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history."Walter Bagehot on Mahatma Gandhi
"The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much it is whether we provide enough for those who have little."Walter Bagehot on Franklin D. Roosevelt
"I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."Walter Bagehot on Thomas Jefferson
"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."
"A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do."
"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."