A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
So long as there are earnest believers in the world, they will always wish to punish opinions, even if their judgment tells them it is unwise and their conscience that it is wrong.
Seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.- Augustine of Hippo
If i have the belief that i can do it, i shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even i...- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Belief is the death of intelligence.- Robert Anton Wilson
What the mind of man can conceive, and believe, it can achieve.- Napoleon Hill
Faith: Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of thi...- Ambrose Bierce
|Birth:||3rd February, 1826|
|Death:||24th March, 1877|
|Profession:||Businessman, Essayist, Journalist|
Bagehot was born in Langport, Somerset, England. He attended University College London, where he studied mathematics and in 1848 earned a master's degree in intellectual and moral philosophy. In April 1848, Bagehot was sworn as a Special Constable in anticipation of Chartist riots in London.
Bagehot was called to the bar by Lincoln's Inn, but preferred to join his father in 1852 in his family's shipping and banking business. He wrote for various periodicals, and in 1855 founded the National Review with his friend Richard Holt Hutton. Later becoming editor-in-chief of The Economist, which had been founded by his father-in-law, James Wilson, in 1860, Bagehot expanded The Economist's reporting on the United States and on politics and is considered to have increased its influence among policymakers over the seventeen years he served as editor.
In 1867, he wrote The English Constitution, a book that explored the nature of the constitution of the United Kingdom, specifically the functioning of Parliament and the British monarchy and the contrasts between British and American government. The book appeared at the same time that Parliament enacted the Reform Act of 1867, requiring Bagehot to write an extended introduction to the second edition, which appeared in 1872. The book became an instant classic, has been translated into many languages, and is still available in scholarly editions from Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press.
Bagehot also wrote Physics and Politics (1872), in which he coined the still-current expression "the cake of custom" to describe the tension between social institutions and innovations. In his contributions to sociological theory within historical studies, Bagehot may be compared to his contemporary, Henry James Sumner Maine.
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