Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Quotations


Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.

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

Finality is not the language of politics.

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.

Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men.

Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

A majority is always the best repartee.

A precedent embalms a principle.

A Protestant, if he wants aid or advice on any matter, can only go to his solicitor.

A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself. [William Gladstone]

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

All is race; there is no other truth.

All Paradise opens! Let me die eating ortolans to the sound of soft music!

Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.

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

We moralise among ruins.

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

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.

When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.

When I want to read a novel I write one.

Yes, I have climbed to the top of the greasy pole.



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