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Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Walter Bagehot and creativity


Photo source: Wikimedia Commons, Norman Hirst


Walter Bagehot (1826-1877) was a British journalist and political economist best known for serving as editor for The Economist. Wikipedia says,


"In the 17 years he served as its editor, Bagehot expanded The Economists' reporting on politics and increased its influence among policymakers." (Wikipedia: Walter Bagehot, 8.12.21 UTC 20:56)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Bagehot.




"We must not let daylight in upon the magic." (


"No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation." (


Public opinion


"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." (


"One of the greatest pains to human nature is the pain of a new idea... Naturally, common men hate a new idea and are disposed more or less to ill-treat the original man who brings it." (