Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

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The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.

Genius, when young, is divine.
He has not a single redeeming defect.
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.
Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.
The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.
The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
Everything comes if a man will only wait.
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
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.
Man is more powerful than matter.
Christianity is completed Judaism or it is nothing.
Candor is the brightest gem of criticism.
Frank and explicit -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.
It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.
Nothing can withstand the power of the human will if it is willing to stake its very existence to the extent of its purpose.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Worry -- a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
Youth is the trustee of prosperity.
I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.
Then there was a maiden speech, so inaudible, that it was doubted whether, after all, the young orator really did lose his virginity.
At present the peace of the world has been preserved, not by statesmen, but by capitalists.
You have despoiled churches. You have threatened every corporation and endowment in the country. You have examined into everybodys affairs. You have criticised every profession and vexed every trade. No one is certain of his property, and nobody knows what duties he may have to perform to-morrow. This is the policy of confiscation as compared with that of concurrent endowment.
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.
I was told, continued Egremont, that an impassable gulf divided the Rich from the Poor; I was told that the Privileged and the People formed Two Nations, governed by different laws, influenced by different manners, with no thoughts or sympathies in common; with an innate inability of mutual comprehension.
In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole!
That we may live to see England once more possess a free Monarchy and a privileged and prosperous People, is my Prayer; that these great consequences can only be brought about by the energy and devotion of our Youth is my persuasion. 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.
I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.
For nearly five years the present Ministers have harassed every trade, worried every profession, and assailed or menaced every class, institution, and species of property in the country. Occasionally they have varied this state of civil warfare by perpetrating some job which outraged public opinion, or by stumbling into mistakes which have been always discreditable, and sometimes ruinous. All this they call a policy, and seem quite proud of it; but the country has, I think, made up its mind to close this career of plundering and blundering.
Mr Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea,and that was wrong.
Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.
I rather like bad wine, . . . one gets so bored with good wine.

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