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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote Writers like teeth are divided into incisors and grinders.
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-Walter Bagehot
Belief
Engrave this Quote Strong beliefs win strong men, and then make them stronger.
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Bureaucracy
Engrave this Quote A bureaucracy is sure to think that its duty is to augment official power, official business, or official members, rather than to leave free the energies of mankind; it overdoes the quantity of government, as well as impairs its quality. The truth is, that a skilled bureaucracy is, though it boasts of an appearance of science, quite inconsistent with the true principles of the art of business.
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Conversation
Engrave this Quote The habit of common and continuous speech is a symptom of mental deficiency. It proceeds from not knowing what is going on in other people's minds.
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Diplomacy
Engrave this Quote An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
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Exaggeration
Engrave this Quote An element of exaggeration clings to the popular judgment: great vices are made greater, great virtues greater also; interesting incidents are made more interesting, softer legends more soft.
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Freedom
Engrave this Quote 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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Government
Engrave this Quote 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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Ideology
Engrave this Quote History is strewn with the wrecks of nations which have gained a little progressiveness at the cost of a great deal of hard manliness, and have thus prepared themselves for destruction as soon as the movements of the world gave a chance for it.
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Innovation
Engrave this Quote One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea.
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Law
Engrave this Quote Our law very often reminds one of those outskirts of cities where you cannot for a long time tell how the streets come to wind about in so capricious and serpent-like a manner. At last it strikes you that they grew up, house by house, on the devious tracks of the old green lanes; and if you follow on to the existing fields, you may often find the change half complete.
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Magic
Engrave this Quote We must not let daylight in upon the magic.
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Marriage
Engrave this Quote A princely marriage is the brilliant edition of a universal fact, and, as such, it rivets mankind.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote Men who do not make advances to women are apt to become victims to women who make advances to them.
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Mind, the
Engrave this Quote What impresses men is not mind, but the result of mind.
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Nation, Nationality, Nationalism
Engrave this Quote In every particular state of the world, those nations which are strongest tend to prevail over the others; and in certain marked peculiarities the strongest tend to be the best.
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Observation
Engrave this Quote The cure for admiring the house of lords is to go and look at it.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote 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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Parliament
Engrave this Quote A severe though not unfriendly critic of our institutions said that the cure for admiring the House of Lords was to go and look at it.
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Pleasure
Engrave this Quote A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote When great questions end, little parties begin.
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Engrave this Quote 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 one cares for them or asks after them, but they are obeyed implicitly and unconsciously by reason of the splendor of those who eclipsed and preceded them.
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Engrave this Quote A constitutional statesman is in general a man of common opinions and uncommon abilities.
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Poverty
Engrave this Quote 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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Presidency
Engrave this Quote Under a Presidential government, a nation has, except at the electing moment, no influence; it has not the ballot-box before it; its virtue is gone, and it must wait till its instant of despotism again returns.
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