Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

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It was not reason that besieged Troy; it was not reason that sent forth the Saracen from the desert to conquer the world; that inspired the crusades; that instituted the monastic orders; it was not reason that produced the Jesuits; above all, it was not reason that created the French Revolution. Man is only great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
Without tact you can learn nothing. Tact teaches you when to be silent. Inquirers who are always questioning never learn anything.
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
How very seldom do you encounter in the world a man of great abilities, acquirements, experience, who will unmask his mind, unbutton his brains, and pour forth in careless and picturesque phrase all the results of his studies and observation; his knowledge of men, books, and nature. On the contrary, if a man has by any chance an original idea, he hoards it as if it were old gold; and rather avoids the subject with which he is most conversant, from fear that you may appropriate his best thoughts.
The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
Critics are those who have failed in literature and art.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.
Youth is a blunder, manhood is a struggle and old age a regret.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
Damn your principles. Stick to your Party!
Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Protection is not a principle but an expedient.
To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.
Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard.
Great countries are those that produce great people.
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
In great cities men are brought together by the desire of gain. They are not in a state of co-operation, but of isolation, as to the making of fortunes; and for all the rest they are careless of neighbors. Christianity teaches us to love our neighbor as ourselves; modern society acknowledges no neighbor.
News is that which comes from the North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point on the compass, then it is a class ; publication and not news.
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition. It reduces their supporters to that tractable number which can be managed by the joint influences of fruition and hope. It offers vengeance to the discontented, and distinction to the ambitious; and employs the energies of aspiring spirits, who otherwise may prove traitors in a division or assassins in a debate.
You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
That doctrine of peace at any price has done more mischief than any I can well recall that have been afloat in this country. It has occasioned more wars than any of the most ruthless conquerors. It has disturbed and nearly destroyed that political equilibrium so necessary to the liberties and the welfare of the world.
Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.
I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
A majority is always better than the best repartee.
A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself.
Finality is not the language of politics.
No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.
The art of governing mankind by deceiving them.
There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident.
Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
Power has only one duty --to secure the social welfare of the People.
What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.
What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
Success is the child of audacity.
Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
It is the lot of man to suffer.
Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.
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.
A university should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
No affection and a great brain, these are the people to command the world.
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.

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