Quotes by Benjamin Disraeli

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
– Benjamin Disraeli
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.
– Benjamin Disraeli
A majority is always better than the best repartee.
– Benjamin Disraeli
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.
– Benjamin Disraeli
A precedent embalms a principle.
– Benjamin Disraeli
A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
– Benjamin Disraeli
An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
– Benjamin Disraeli
An insular country, subject to fogs, and with a powerful middle class, requires grave statesmen.
– Benjamin Disraeli
As for our majority... one is enough.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
– Benjamin Disraeli
But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
– Benjamin Disraeli
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.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
– Benjamin Disraeli
Damn your principles! Stick to your party.
– Benjamin Disraeli