Benjamin Disraeli

British statesman who as Prime Minister bought controlling interest in the Suez Canal and made Queen Victoria the empress of India (1804-1881)

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Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than what you think.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts.
Whenever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to ensure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.
Youth is a blunder Manhood a struggle Old Age a regret.
Knowledge must be gained by ourselves. Mankind may supply us with the facts but the results, even if they agree with previous ones, must be the work of our mind.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can never end.
Man is a being born to believe. And if no church comes forward with its title-deeds of truth to guide him, he will find altars and idols in his own heart and his own imagination.
Every great decision creates ripples--like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.
Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader
A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full play, but who ponders over their results.
A man who loses his money, gains, at the least, experience, and sometimes, something better.
A precedent embalms a principle.
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life.
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation.
Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.
Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
Fear makes us feel our humanity.
Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.
Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
He is a self-made man, very much in love with his creator.
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 of the prejudices of the few.
I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.
I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.
I never deny, I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
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 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.
Ignorance never settles a question.
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable everyday to the same human being.
It is easier to be critical than correct.
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes 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 knowledge that influences and equalizes 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 much easier to be critical than to be correct.
It is well-known what a middleman is he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
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.
Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervor.
Little things affect little minds.
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.
Mediocrity can talk but it is for genius to observe.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
Never complain and never explain.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.
No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.
Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, For you will never go any higher that you think...
Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Said Waldershare, 'Sensible men are all of the same religion.' 'And pray what is that' ... 'Sensible men never tell.'
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
Sir, I say that justice is truth in action.
Success is the child of audacity.
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
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.
The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
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.
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.
The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.
The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.
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 of purpose.
The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.
The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
There are three kinds of lies lies, damned lies, and statistics.
There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
There is an art of reading, as well as an art of thinking, and an art of writing.
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
We live in an age when to be young and indifferent can no longer be 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.
We make our fortunes and call them fate.
What we anticipate seldom occurs what we least expected generally happens.
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 from the world.
When men are pure, laws are useless when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.
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.

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