88 Famous Quotes By Benjamin Disraeli, The Author Of Two Nations
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli was a politician and writer from Great Britain, who went on to serve his country as the Prime Minister on two occasions and remains one of the most revered figures in British history. Disraeli was also the first and till date the only Jewish person to have become the Prime Minister of Britain. Disraeli was a great political thinker who is credited with laying the foundations of what is now known as the Conservative Party and the ‘one nation conservatism’ that went on to become the dominant political choice of Great Britain for a long time. He became a member of the House of Commons in 1837 and served as the Leader of the House of Commons as well as the Chancellor of the Exchequer, before briefly becoming the Prime Minister in 1868. He became the Prime Minister for the second time in 1874 and was hailed for his diplomatic triumphs. Disraeli was also a published author and some of his well-known books include ‘Henrietta Temple’, ‘The New Generation’, and ‘Two Nations’ among others. Disraeli was not only a great political thinker but also an intellectual of rare gift and here are some of his most famous quotes that you would surely find interesting.
There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics. Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. A member of Parliament to Disraeli: 'Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.'
That depends, Sir,' said Disraeli, 'whether I embrace your policies or your mistress. Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil. The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it. Most people die with their music still locked up inside them. How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge Sir, I shall not defeat you - I shall transcend you. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong. The secret to success is constancy of purpose. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember and remember more than I have seen. The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission. Little things affect little minds. When I want to read a novel, I write one. Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. A canter is the cure for all evil. We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. Everything comes if a man will only wait. The expected always happens Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. Where knowledge ends, religion begins. My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilisation. As a rule, he or she who has the most information will have the greatest success in life. Do not read history. Read biography for it is life without theory. Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. Life is too short to be little. Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Ignorance never settles a question. The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves. Silence is the mother of truth. The canter is a cure for every evil. Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours What we learn from history is that we do not learn from history The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotations. Man is only great when he acts from passion. Success is the child of audacity. Read no history--nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. If Gladstone fell in the Thames, that would be a misfortune. But if someone fished him out again, that would be a calamity. What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens. Justice is truth in action. Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children. Grief is the agony of an instant: the indulgence of grief is the blunder of life. It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful. Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been discovered that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery. You asked me where I generally lived. In my workshop [i.e. in his study] in the mornings and always in the library in the evening. Books are companions even if you don’t open them. There is no education like adversity. It is well-known what a middleman is; he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other. In politics, nothing is contemptible. Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools. What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth. The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. Every woman should marry ... and no man. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude. There is no index of character as sure as the voice. Departures should be sudden. He who gains time gains everything. There's three kinds of lies in this world:
There's damned lies.....
And there's statistics Justice is truth in action.
~ BENJAMIN DISRAELI, speech, Feb. 11, 1851
Books are companions even if you don't open them.
There is no act of treachery or mean-ness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour
Political life must be taken as you find it.
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
When I want to read a good book, I write one.
It has been my lot to have found myself in many distant lands. I have never been in one without finding a Scotchman, and I never found a Scotchman who was not head of the poll. To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step towards knowledge.