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If I had given a sketch of the Palmerston time as a sketch of the present time, it
would have been in many points untrue ; and if I had tried to change the sketch of
seven years since into a sketch' of the present time, I should probably have ...
... comfortable — that it is the present law which makes them uncomfortable —
that Government has at its disposal an inexhaustible fund out of which it can give
to those who now want without also creating elsewhere other and greater wants.
The courage which strengthens an enemy, and which so loses, not only the
present battle, but many after battles, is a heavy curse to men and nations. In one
minor respect, indeed, I think we may see with distinctness the effect of the
The spirit of our present House of Commons is plutocratic, not aristocratic ; its
most prominent statesmen are not men of ancient descent or of great hereditary
estate ; they are men mostly of substantial means, but they are mostly, too, ...
... them for the present may fairly be assumed to be likely to continue permanently
to convince them. One sort might easily fall into a temporary and erroneous
fanaticism, but all sorts simultaneously are very unlikely to do so. I should venture
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Walter Bagehot was editor of the Economist and his name is still on the weekly page about England. This book describes the English Constitution and compares it favorably with the United States Constitution. Read full review