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Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)

British novelist and Prime Minister

Experience is the child of Thought, and Thought is the child of Action. We cannot learn men from books.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Vivian Grey

A precedent embalms a principle.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Feb. 22, 1848

Never take anything for granted.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Oct. 5, 1864

Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Coningsby

Justice is truth in action.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Feb. 11, 1851

Time is the great physician.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Endymion

The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth: let us hope that the heritage of Old Age is not Despair.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Vivian Grey

My idea of an agreeable person ... is a person who agrees with me.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Lothair

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Sybil

An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Nov. 19, 1873

Finality is not the language of politics.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Feb. 28, 1859

Party is organized opinion.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Nov. 25, 1864

A majority is always the best repartee.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Tancred

Power has only one duty -- to secure the social welfare of the People.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Sybil

The depositary of power is always unpopular.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Coningsby

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Coningsby

Little things affect little minds.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Sybil

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI

Change is inevitable in a progressive society. Change is constant.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Oct. 29, 1867

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Henrietta Temple

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, attributed, How We Live: Then and Now

My objection to Liberalism is this -- that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind -- namely, politics -- of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech to House of Commons, Jun. 5, 1848

London is a roost for every bird.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Lothair

Silence is the mother of Truth.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, Tancred

Predominant opinions are generally opinions of the generation that is vanishing.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, attributed, Day's Collacon

While we enforced the neutrality which we prepared to observe, we declared at the same time that that neutrality must cease if British interests were assailed or menaced. Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own, have denounced this policy as a selfish policy. My Lord Mayor, it is as selfish as patriotism.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech at the Guildhall, London, November 9, 1877

You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. I say you can have no Parliamentary government if you have no party government; and therefore when gentlemen denounce party government, they strike at the scheme of government which, in my opinion, has made this country great, and which, I hope, will keep it great.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech in the House of Commons, August 30, 1848

Success is the child of Audacity.

BENJAMIN DISRAELI, The Rise of Iskander


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