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Great and terrible systems of divinity and philosophy lie round about us, which, if true, might drive a wise man mad.
The business of banking ought to be simple. If it is hard it is wrong. The only securities which a banker, using money that he may be asked at short notice to repay, ought to touch, are those which are easily saleable and easily intelligible.
In early times every sort of advantage tends to become a military advantage; such is the best way, then, to keep it alive. But the Jewish advantage never did so; beginning in religion, contrary to a thousand analogies, it remained religious.
The essence of Toryism is enjoyment?but as far as communicating and establishing your creed are concernedtrya little pleasure. The way to keep up old customs is, to enjoy old customs; the way to be satisfied with the present state of things is, to enjoy that state of things.
Taken as a whole, the universe is absurd. There seems an unalterable contradiction between the human mind and its employments.
Not only does a bureaucracy tend to under-government in point of quality; it tends to over-government in point of quantity.
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When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
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March 24, 1877
Walter Bagehot was a British journalist, businessman, and essayist, who wrote extensively about government, economics, and literature.
The English Constitution (1867)
Physics and Politics (1872)
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