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Quotations From BENJAMIN DISRAELI

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  • You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author, prime minister. Speech, April 3, 1872, Manchester, England, criticizing the government Treasury Bench.
  • Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Coningsby, bk. 3, ch. 1 (1844).
  • Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
    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).
  • Life is too short to be little. Man is never so manly as when he feels deeply, acts boldly, and expresses himself with frankness and with fervour.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Coningsby, bk. 7, ch. 2 (1844).

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  • There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Quoted by Mark Twain in his Autobiography, ch. 29, Mark Twain (1924), rev. Charles Neider (1959). The words have never been found among Disraeli's works; alternative attributions include the radical journalist and politician Henry Labouchère (1831-1912).
  • My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Hugo Bohun, in Lothair, ch. 41 (1870).
  • 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.
  • Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech, Nov. 9, 1877, Guildhall, London. See Gilbert on dissatisfaction, Canning on internationalism.
  • An author who speaks about his own books is almost as bad as a mother who talks about her own children.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech, Nov. 19, 1873, at a banquet given by the city of Glasgow to Disraeli. On his inauguration as Lord Rector of Glasgow University.

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  • What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. letter, Nov. 4, 1868, to Queen Victoria.

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