Monthly Archives: May 2012

Walter Bagehot

I work in a bank. I was struggling to offer a pithy quote to a boss who is retiring soon. I came across this English chap, Walter Bagehot from the 1800s, whose ideas about banking endure to this day. He was also the editor for The Economist. Good stuff!

The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.

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

The real essence of work is concentrated energy.

You may talk of the tyranny of Nero and Tiberius; but the real tyranny is the tyranny of your next-door neighbor.

All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality – the story of escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times, how to escape.

It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.