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Benjamin Disraeli quotes (157)

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
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A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
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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.
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A majority is always better than the best repartee.
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A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both.
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A precedent embalms a principle.
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A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.
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Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
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Adventures are to the adventurous.
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Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
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An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
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As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
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As for our majority... one is enough.
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Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
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Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
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Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.
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Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
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Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
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Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
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Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
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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.
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Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
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Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
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Despair is the conclusion of fools.
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Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
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Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
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Duty cannot exist without faith.
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Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
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Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
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Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
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Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
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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.
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Fear makes us feel our humanity.
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Finality is not the language of politics.
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Frank and explicit - that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
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Genius, when young, is divine.
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Great countries are those that produce great people.
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Grief is the agony of an instant. The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
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He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
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I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
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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.
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I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
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I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
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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.
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I say that justice is truth in action.
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If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief.
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If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
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In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
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In politics nothing is contemptible.
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Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
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It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
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It is easier to be critical than correct.
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It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
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Justice is truth in action.
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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.
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Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
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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.
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Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.
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Little things affect little minds.
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London is a modern Babylon.
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London is a roost for every bird.
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Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
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Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
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Man is only great when he acts from passion.
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Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
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Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
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Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet.
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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.
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