Quotations From BENJAMIN DISRAELI

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  • 31.
    Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Letter, December 17, 1846, referring to the tactics of Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.
  • 32.
    Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech, Aug. 9, 1848, to House of Commons.
  • 33.
    You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, April 3, 1872, Manchester, England. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 2, "Conservative Principles," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882). Referring to the government Treasury Bench. Edmund Burke had previously referred to old religious factions as "volcanos burnt out" (speech, May 11, 1792).
  • 34.
    Though I sit down now, the time will come when you will hear me.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. maiden speech in House of Commons, Dec. 7, 1837. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 2, "Irish Election Petitions," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882). Closing words. T.E. Kebbes, editor of Disraeli's published speeches, commented on Disraeli's performance: "That in some way or another the speaker, before he had done, succeeded in making himself ridiculous is a fact too well attested to be doubted."

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  • 35.
    I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sidonia, in Coningsby, bk. 4, ch. 11 (1844).
  • 36.
    The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Tancred, bk. 3, ch. 4 (1847).

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  • 37.
    London is a modern Babylon.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman and author. Tancred, bk. 5, ch. 5 (1847).

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  • 38.
    Power has only one duty—to secure the social welfare of the People.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sybil, bk. 4, ch. 14 (1845).

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  • 39.
    The question is this—Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fangled theories.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, November 25, 1864, Diocesan Conference, Oxford.

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  • 40.
    It is well-known what a middleman is: he is a man who bamboozles one party and plunders the other.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, April 11, 1845. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 1, "Maynooth," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882).
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