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Walter Bagehot



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

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    Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.

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    It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.

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    The most intellectual of men are moved quite as much by the circumstances which they are used to as by their own will. The active voluntary part of a man is very small, and if it were not economized by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.

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    A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.

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    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.

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    Public opinion is a permeating influence, and it exacts obedience to itself; it requires us to drink other men's thoughts, to speak other men's words, to follow other men's habits.

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    Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.

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    The being without an opinion is so painful to human nature that most people will leap to a hasty opinion rather than undergo it.

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