Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli
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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government in four decades, twice as Prime Minister of Great Britain. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.

Although he was a major figure in the protectionist wing of the Conservative Party after 1844, Disraeli's relations with other major figures in the party, particularly Lord Derby, the party leader, were often strained. From the 1860s, however, Disraeli's relationship with Derby improved and he became Derby's successor as the... more »

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  • ''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 l...
  • ''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...
  • ''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).
  • ''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 attribute...
  • ''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). ...
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