Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

“Youth is a blunder Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.”

“I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.”

“As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.”

“A majority is always better than the best repartee.”

“The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.”

“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.”

“Change is inevitable. Change is constant.”

“In a progressive country change is constant change is inevitable.”

“Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.”

“Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.”

“You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.”

“There is no education like adversity.”

“Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.”

“Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.”

“The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations.”

“Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.”

“Duty cannot exist without faith.”

“Fear makes us feel our humanity.”

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

“Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.”

“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.”

“Worry - a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray.”

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

“Diligence is the mother of good fortune.”

“A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.”

“No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition.”

“That fatal drollery called a representative government.”

“Man is only great when he acts from passion.”

“Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.”

“Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.”

“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.”

“To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.”

“Great countries are those that produce great people.”

“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.”

“Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.”

“Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.”

“The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend.”

“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.”

“The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.”

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

“Assassination has never changed the history of the world.”

“Where knowledge ends, religion begins.”

“The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.”

“Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.”

“A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.”

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

“We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.”

“The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end.”

“No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married.”

“It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.”

“You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.”

“Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.”

“Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.”

“We cannot learn men from books.”

“Never complain and never explain.”

“Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.”

“The services in wartime are fit only for desperadoes, but in peace are only fit for fools.”

“In politics nothing is contemptible.”

“There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable for in politics there is no honour.”

“Finality is not the language of politics.”

“Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.”

“There is no gambling like politics.”

“The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.”

“Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.”

“Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People.”

“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.”

“The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.”

“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.”

“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.”

“The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes.”

“Success is the child of audacity.”

“The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.”

“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. The rich and the poor.”

“Youth is the trustee of prosperity.”

“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.”

“Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.”

“There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.”

“Travel teaches toleration.”

“Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.”

“I say that justice is truth in action.”

“Silence is the mother of truth.”

“Justice is truth in action.”

“What is earnest is not always true on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.”

“War is never a solution it is an aggravation.”

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