Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

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Travel teaches toleration.
— Benjamin Disraeli

Travel

Justice is truth in action.

justice truth

With words we govern people.
— Benjamin Disraeli

words

In politics there is no honor.
— Benjamin Disraeli

politics

Never take anything for granted.
— Benjamin Disraeli
We can not learn men from books.
— Benjamin Disraeli
Success is the child of Audacity.

success

Never complain and never explain.

complaining

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

variety

You don't get something for nothing.
— Benjamin Disraeli
Every woman should marry—and no man.
— Benjamin Disraeli

marriage men and women

There is no education like adversity.

adversity

When I want to read a novel, I write one.
— Benjamin Disraeli

funny writing

Finality is not the language of politics.
— Benjamin Disraeli

politics

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

change

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.
— Benjamin Disraeli

genius

I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.

personal politicians

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

criticism

The greatest of all evils is a weak government.
— Benjamin Disraeli
The originality of a subject is in its treatment.
— Benjamin Disraeli
The Privileged and the People formed Two Nations.

privilege

I make it a rule only to believe what I understand.
— Benjamin Disraeli
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
— Benjamin Disraeli Sybil

youth

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
— Benjamin Disraeli

critics

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

criticism judging

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
— Benjamin Disraeli

listening

What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern.
— Benjamin Disraeli

art science

My idea of disagreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
— Benjamin Disraeli

arguments

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
— Benjamin Disraeli

arguments

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
— Benjamin Disraeli
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

enthusiasm genius

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
— Benjamin Disraeli

statistics

No government can long be secure without a formidable opposition.
— Benjamin Disraeli
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.

government opposition

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

ignorance

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

civilization leisure

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

college

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
— Benjamin Disraeli

experience

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

critics

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

biography history

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

biography history

Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.

romance

Tact does not remove difficulties, but difficulties melt away under tact.

tact

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

marriage

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

time

Character does not change. Opinions alter, but character is only developed.
— Benjamin Disraeli

character

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

action happiness

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

action happiness

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

critics

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

blunders sorrow

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

mankind

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

heroism

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

success

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

time

Every one likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.

flattery

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

success

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
— Benjamin Disraeli

interesting Travel

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

sisters

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

helping others

Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend.  Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.

apology feelings

The man who anticipates his century is always persecuted when living, and is always pilfered when dead.
— Benjamin Disraeli
The author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
— 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.
— Benjamin Disraeli
You must act as if everything depended on your individual efforts.  The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

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.
— 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.
— Benjamin Disraeli

health

Precedents are not mere dusty phrases, which do not substantially affect the question before us.  A precedent embalms a principle.
— 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.

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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
— Benjamin Disraeli

race

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.
— 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.
— 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.

aphorisms