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  • 21.
    Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace—but a peace I hope with honour.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in Times (London, July 17, 1878). Remark on returning from the Berlin Congress convened to resolve the European crisis (the "Eastern Question"). The words "peace with honour" were used by Neville Chamberlain in 1938. See Chamberlain on "World War II."

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  • 22.
    I am dead: dead, but in the Elysian fields.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in The Life of Benjamin Disraeli, vol. 5, ch. 13, W. Monypenny and G. Buckle (1920). Referring to his elevation to the House of Lords.
  • 23.
    No it is better not. She would only ask me to take a message to Albert.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in Disraeli, ch. 32, Robert Blake (1966). Remark on hearing that Victoria would like to see him during his last illness. W.H. Auden quotes Disraeli's remark slightly differently: "What's the use? She would only want me to take a message to dear Albert." (A Certain World, "Words, Last," 1970).
  • 24.
    Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Remark to critic and poet Matthew Arnold, c. 1880. Quoted in G.W.E. Russell, Collections and Recollections, ch. 23.
  • 25.
    There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in Mark Twain, Autobiography, ch. 29, ed. Charles Neider (1959).
  • 26.
    Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honourable gentleman were brutal
    savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit, ch. 4, Leon Harris (1964). Disraeli's attributed reply to a taunt by Irish political leader Daniel O'Connell bears resemblance to the reputed retort to a senator of German extraction by Senator Judah P. Benjamin of Louisiana: "The gentleman will please remember that when his half-civilized ancestors were hunting the wild boar in the forests of Silesia, mine were the princes of the earth."

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  • 27.
    Finality is not the language of politics.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, February 28, 1859, to the House of Commons.
  • 28.
    What's the use? She would only want me to take a message to dear Albert.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted in "Words, Last," W.H. Auden, A Certain World (1970). Attributed last words on hearing that Victoria would like to see him.
  • 29.
    The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Cardinal Grandison, in Lothair, ch. 17 (1870).
  • 30.
    Coalitions though successful have always found this, that their triumph has been brief.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech to House of Commons, Dec. 16, 1852. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882).
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