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Benjamin Disraeli Quotes


British politician, novelist, and essayist, serving twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
(1804 - 1881)

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A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
 

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
 

A good preface is as essential to put the reader into good humor, as a good prologue is to a play, or a fine symphony to an opera, containing something analogous to the work itself; so that we may feel its want as a desire not elsewhere to be gratified. The Italians call the preface "the sauce of the book;" and, if well-seasoned, it creates an appetite in the reader to devour the book itself.
 

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.
[Art]
 

A majority is always better than the best repartee.
[Politics]
 

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 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.
 

A new acquaintance is like a new book. I prefer it, even if bad, to a classic.
[Friendship]
 

A precedent, embalms a principle.
 

A preface, being the entrance of a book, should invite by its beauty. An elegant porch announces the splendor of the interior.
 

A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity who can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and glorify himself.
[Speech]
 

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

A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasties.
 

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
[Action]
 

Adventures are to the adventurous.
 

Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
 

Always have distinguished friends.  Never have fools for friends, they are of no use.
 

Amusement to an observing mind is study.
[Amusements]
 

An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
 

Anybody amuses me for once. A new acquaintance is like a new book. I prefer it, even if bad, to a classic.
 


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