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Benjamin Disraeli
British Tory statesman and and novelist

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Read no history; nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.
-- Contarini Fleming (1832)

Time is the great physician.
-- Henrietta Temple (1837)

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.
-- Coningsby (1844)

Man is only great when he acts from the passions.
-- Coningsby (1844)

Consider Ireland. Thus you have a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church -- and in addition, the weakest executive in the world. That is the Irish Question.
-- Speech in the House of Commons, 16 February 1844

"Well, society may be in its infancy," said Egremont slightly smiling; "but, say what you like, our Queen reigns over the greatest nation that ever existed."

"Which nation?" asked the younger stranger, "for she reigns over two."

The stranger paused; Egremont was silent, but looked inquiringly.

"Yes," resumed the younger stranger after a moment's interval. "Two nations; between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets; who are formed by a different breeding, are fed by a different food, are ordered by different manners, and are not governed by the same laws."

"You speak of—" said Egremont, hesitatingly.


-- Sybil (1845), Bk. 2, Ch. 5

Little things affect little minds.
-- Sybil (1845)

Finality is not the language of politics.
-- Speech in the House of Commons, 28 February 1859

The question is this: is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels.
-- Speech (1864)

I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.
-- Benjamin Disraeli, on becoming Prime Minister (1868)

You know who the critics are? The men who have failed in literature and art.
-- Lothair (1870)

His Christianity was muscular.
-- Endymion (1880)

'Sensible men are all the same religion.' And pray what is that?' inquired the prince. 'Sensible men never tell.'
-- Endymion (1880)

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
-- Attributed to Benjamin Disraeli. Quoted in Mark Twain, Autobiography (1924)

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The selection of the above quotes and the writing of the accompanying notes was performed by the author David Paul Wagner.

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