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.
An ambassador is not simply an agent; he is also a spectacle.
No great work has ever been produced except after a long interval of still and musing meditation.
The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
A family on the throne is an interesting idea. It brings down the pride of sovereignty to the level of petty life.
The best reason why Monarchy is a strong government is, that it is an intelligible government. The mass of mankind understand it, and they hardly anywhere in the world understand any other.
A great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.
No real English gentleman, in his secret soul, was ever sorry for the death of a political economist.
The greatest mistake is trying to be more agreeable than you can be.
A slight daily unconscious luxury is hardly ever wanting to the dwellers in civilization; like the gentle air of a genial climate, it is a perpetual minute enjoyment.
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.
It is good to be without vices, but it is not good to be without temptations.
An inability to stay quiet is one of the conspicuous failings of mankind.
Dullness in matters of government is a good sign, and not a bad one - in particular, dullness in parliamentary government is a test of its excellence, an indication of its success.
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.
Life is a school of probability.
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.
A Parliament is nothing less than a big meeting of more or less idle people.
The best history is but like the art of Rembrandt; it casts a vivid light on certain selected causes, on those which were best and greatest; it leaves all the rest in shadow and unseen.
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.