Benjamin Disraeli


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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 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).
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  • ''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.
  • ''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 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."
  • ''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.
  • ''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."
  • ''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, Glasgow. quoted in Times (London, Nov. 20, 1873). At a banquet given by the city of Glasgow to Disraeli, on his inauguration as Lord Rector of Glasgow University.
  • ''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.
  • ''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).
  • ''A Conservative government is an organised hypocrisy.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech, March 17, 1845, addressing Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel in the House of Commons, London. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 1, "Agricultural Distress," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882). Closing words of speech, on the abandonment of Peel's Protectionist policies on which his government had been elected.

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