Quotations by Benjamin Disraeli

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Born: Friday, December 21, 1804
Died: Tuesday, April 19, 1881 (76 years old)
Profession: Statesman
Nationality: British


A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Government, Conservative, Hypocrisy)

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Soul, Chance, Destiny)

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Art, Faith, Quality, Idea, Athens, Conquest, Man, Memory, Rome, World)

A majority is always better than the best repartee.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Majority)

A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Time, Career, Man, May)

A precedent embalms a principle.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Learning, Liberty, Light, University)

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Happiness, Action, May)

Adventures are to the adventurous.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Youth)

An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Mother, Books, Children)

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Life, Successful, Information, Man)

As for our majority... one is enough.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Majority)

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: History, Assassination, World)

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Man, May, Succeed)

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Change)

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Change, Opinions)

Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Power, Control, Circumstances)

Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Progress, Conservatism, Future, Preparation, Present, Respect)

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Courage, Fire)

Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Party)

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Despair, Fools)

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Genius, Desperation)

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Mother, Diligence, Fortune)

Duty cannot exist without faith.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Faith, Duty)

Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Successful, Man, Right)

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Genius, Enthusiasm, Production)

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Flattery, Royalty)

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Experience, Thought, Action)

Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Life, Power, Health, Men, Conscience, Fame, Pleasure)

Fear makes us feel our humanity.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Fear, Humanity)

Finality is not the language of politics.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Politics, Language)

Frank and explicit - that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Mind, Right)

Genius, when young, is divine.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Genius)

Great countries are those that produce great people.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: People, Countries)

Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Life, Grief)

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Idea, Ignorance, Wrong)

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Hope)

I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Opinion)

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Purpose, Being, Conviction, Existence, Fulfillment, Meditation, Nothing, Will)

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Leader, People)

I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Forget)

I repeat... that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people and for the people all springs, and all must exist.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Power, People, Trust, Exercise)

I say that justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Truth, Action, Justice)

If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Society, Grief, Man, Right)

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
- Benjamin Disraeli

In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Keywords: Change, Country)



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