70 Famous Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

70 Famous Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

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Benjamin Disraeli was a Conservative politician from London. He was also a writer and served two terms as Prime Minister. He is most famous for being the only Prime Minister from a Jewish Birth. He died on April 19, 1881 at the age of 76.

“A dark horse, which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grandstand in sweeping triumph.”

“A majority is always the best repartee.”

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”

“A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty.”

“All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.”

“All is race — there is no other truth.”

“Amusement to an observing mind is study.”

“At present the peace of the world has been preserved, not by statesmen, but by capitalists.”

“Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.”

“But he has left us the legacy of heroes–the memory of his great name, and the inspiration of his great example.”

“But this principle of race is unfortunately one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to

“Despair is the conclusion of fools.”

“Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.”

“Everything comes if a man will only wait.”

“For myself, I care not what may be the result. Dissolve, if you please, the Parliament you have betrayed, and appeal to the people, who, I believe, mistrust you. For me there remains this
at least—the opportunity of expressing thus publicly my belief that a Conservative Government is an Organised Hypocrisy.”

“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.”

“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.”

“He seems to think that posterity is a pack-horse, always ready to be loaded.”

“He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.”

“How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.”

“I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.”

“I believe that, without party, Parliamentary government is impossible.”

“I don’t wish to go down to posterity talking bad grammar.”

“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.”

“I suppose, to use our national motto, something will turn up.”

“I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me.”

“If Gladstone fell into the Thames, that would be a misfortune; and if anybody pulled him out, that, I suppose, would be a calamity.”

“Ignorance never settles a question.”

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

“Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.”

“Is it what you call civilization that makes England flourish? Is it the universal development of the faculties of man that has rendered an island, almost unknown to the ancients, the
arbiter of the world? Clearly not. It is the inhabitants that have done this. It is an affair of race.… All is race, there is no other truth.”

“It has been said that the people of this country are deeply interested in the humanitarian and philanthropic considerations involved in [the Eastern Question]. All must appreciate such
feelings. But I am mistaken if there be not a yet deeper sentiment on the part of the people of this country, one with which I cannot doubt your lordships will ever sympathise, and that is—
the determination to maintain the Empire of England.”

“It is knowledge that influences and equalises the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which
are universal.”

“It is the initial letters of the four points of the compass that make the word “news,” and he must understand that news is that which collies from the North, East, West and South, and if it
comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication, and not news.”

“King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner.”

“Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”

“Nationality is the principle of political independence. Race is the principle of physical analogy.”

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

“Never take anything for granted.”

“Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.”

“Protection is not a principle, but an expedient.”

“Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.”

“Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.”

“Sir, very few people reach posterity. Who amongst us may arrive at that destination I presume not to vaticinate. Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity
are not much more numerous than the planets.”

“Something has risen up in this country as fatal in the political world as it has been in the landed world of Ireland—we have a great Parliamentary middleman. It is well known what a
middleman is; he is a man who bamboozles one party, and plunders the other, till, having obtained a position to which he is not entitled, he cries out, “Let us have 566 no party questions,
but fixity of tenure.”

“Success is the child of audacity.”

“The disappointment of manhood succeeds to the delusion of youth: let us hope that the heritage of old age is not despair.”

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

“The microcosm of a public school.”

“The noble lord in this case, as in so many others, first destroys his opponent, and then destroys his own position afterwards. The noble lord is the Prince Rupert of parliamentary
discussion: his charge is resistless, but when he returns from the pursuit he always finds his camp in the possession of the enemy.”

“The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies ; but it
sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.”

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”

“The Services in war time are fit only for desperadoes but, in peace, are fit only for fools.”

“The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”

“The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.”

“The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.”

“There are three types of lies — lies, damn lies, and statistics.”

“This is the third time that, in the course of six years, during which I have had the lead of the Opposition in the House of Commons, I have stormed the Treasury Benches: twice, fruitlessly,
the third time with a tin kettle to my tail which rendered the race hopeless. You cannot, therefore, be surprised, that I am a little wearied of these barren victories, which like Alma,
“Inkerman, and Balaclava, may be glorious but are certainly nothing more.”

“Though lions to their enemies they were lambs to their friends.”

“Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.”

“To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.”

“To govern men, you must either excel them in their accomplishments, or despise them.”

“Variety is the mother of Enjoyment.”

“We moralise among ruins.”

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

“When a man fell into his anecdotage, it was a sign for him to retire.”

“Where knowledge ends, religion begins.”

wherever everything was left to the government the subject became a machine.”

“Without tact you can learn nothing.”