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Walter Bagehot
(1826-1877) born on
Feb 03
English economist, editor, critic, analyst. He founded and edited "The Economist" 1860-77; wrote "English Constitution," 1867.
The apparent rulers of the English nation are like the imposing personages of a splendid procession: it is by them the mob are influenced; it is they whom the spectators cheer. The real rulers are secreted in second-rate carriages. . .

No man has come so near our definition of a constitutional statesman - the powers of a first-rate man and the creed of a second-rate man.
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 economised by a sleepy kind of habit, its results would be null.
Progress would not have been the rarity it is if the early food had not been the late poison.
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The English Constitution, ch. 8 (1867).
R: Historical Essays," 'The Character of Sir Robert Peel'
A: The English Constitution, ch. 1 (1867).
N: Physics and Politics, ch. 2, sct. 3 (1872).
K: "The Waverley Novels" (1858; repr. in Literary Studies, vol. 2, 1878).

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