Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

Most popular Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

Travel teaches toleration.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

Travel

Justice is truth in action.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (PensΓ©es)

justice truth

With words we govern people.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
In politics there is no honor.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

politics

Never take anything for granted.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
We can not learn men from books.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Success is the child of Audacity.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (The Wondrous Tale of Alroy: The Rise of Iskander, Vol. 2)

success

Never complain and never explain.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (John Morley, The Life of William Ewart Gladstone)

complaining

Little things affect little minds.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
There is no gambling like politics.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Variety is the mother of Enjoyment.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

variety

You don't get something for nothing.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Every woman should marryβ€”and no man.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

marriage men and women

There is no education like adversity.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Endymion)

adversity

When I want to read a novel, I write one.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

funny writing

Finality is not the language of politics.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

politics

Time will teach more than all our thoughts.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
We make our fortunes, and we call them fate.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Change is constant in a progressive country.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

change

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

genius

I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Disraeli and His Day)

personal politicians

A nation is a work of art and a work of time.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
All must respect those who respect themselves.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
A want of tact is worse than a want of virtue.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
It is much easier to be critical than correct.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

criticism

The greatest of all evils is a weak government.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The originality of a subject is in its treatment.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The Privileged and the People formed Two Nations.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Sybil: or, The Two Nations)

privilege

I make it a rule only to believe what I understand.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Sybil)

youth

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

critics

Think ever that you are born to perform great duties.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
It is a community of purpose that constitutes society.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The world is a wheel, and it will all come round right.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

criticism judging

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

listening

What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

art science

My idea of disagreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

arguments

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

arguments

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Curiosities of Literature)

enthusiasm genius

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

statistics

No government can long be secure without a formidable opposition.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Coningsby)

government opposition

A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Sybil)

ignorance

There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

civilization leisure

Customs may not be as wise as laws, but they are always more popular.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

college

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

experience

You know who critics are?β€”the men who have failed in literature and art.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

critics

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Contarini Fleming)

biography history

Read no history--nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

biography history

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Curiosities of Literature)

romance

Tact does not remove difficulties, but difficulties melt away under tact.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Tancred)

tact

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

marriage

Life is not dated merely by years. Events are sometimes the best calendars.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

time

Character does not change. Opinions alter, but character is only developed.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

character

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Action may not always be happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Lothair)

action happiness

Action may not always be happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

action happiness

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
You know who the critics are?  The men who have failed in literature and art.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Lothair)

critics

We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of Grief the blunder of a life.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Vivian Grey)

blunders sorrow

The world is weary of the statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

mankind

Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The legacy of heroesβ€”the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

heroism

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

success

The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

time

Every one likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Collections and Recollections)

flattery

As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

success

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

interesting Travel

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Sweet is the voice of a sister in the season of sorrow, and wise is the counsel of those who love us.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (The Wondrous Tale of Alroy)

sisters

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

authors mother

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

helping others

Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend.  Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Contarini Fleming)

apology feelings

The man who anticipates his century is always persecuted when living, and is always pilfered when dead.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

writers

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
You must act as if everything depended on your individual efforts.  The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (The Times)

purpose of life success

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

opportunity

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a State depend.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

health

Precedents are not mere dusty phrases, which do not substantially affect the question before us.  A precedent embalms a principle.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

precedent

You must possess at the same time the habit of communicating and the habit of listening.  The union is rather rare, but irresistible.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Coningsby, or, The New Generation)

communication

I have begun several things many times, and I have often succeeded at last. I will sit down, but the time will come when you will hear me.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

perseverance

O Music! Miraculous art! A blast of thy trumpet and millions rush forward to die; a peal of thy organ and uncounted nations sink down to pray.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving an argument than its frank admission.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

arguments mistakes

The question is this: is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new-fangled theories.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
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.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

fame power

The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

race

My objection to Liberalism is thisβ€”that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kindβ€”namely politicsβ€”of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli
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.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli

will

All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever.  There are men whose phrases are oracles; who condense in a sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character, or illustrates an existence.
β€” Benjamin Disraeli (Coningsby)

aphorisms