Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
There is no education like adversity.
Never complain and never explain.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so you apologize for truth.
Frank and explicit--that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
There can be economy only where there is efficiency.
Amusement to an observing mind is study.
It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
A great person is one who affects the mind of their generation.
There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
A person's fate is their own temper.
The secret to success is constancy to purpose.
Silence is the mother of truth.
Justice is truth in action.
Had it not been for you, I should have remained what I was when we first met, a prejudiced, narrow-minded being, with contracted sympathies and false knowledge, wasting my life on obsolete trifles, and utterly insensible to the privilege of living in this wondrous age of change and progress.
We make our fortunes and we call them fate.
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
On the education of the people of this country the fate of the country depends.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
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.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
There is no wisdom like frankness.
Travel teaches tolerance.
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
In politics, nothing is contemptible.
When little is done, little is said; silence is the mother of truth.
The secret of success is consistency of purpose.
Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
Man is only truly great when he acts from his passions.
What we anticipate seldom occurs, what we least expected generally happens.
Duty cannot exist without faith.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen.
Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
Little things affect little minds.
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.