Benjamin Disraeli


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  • ''Protection is not a principle, but an expedient.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech to House of Commons, March 17, 1845. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 1, "Agricultural Distress," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882). Disraeli said exactly the opposite in a speech two years earlier, April 25, 1843.
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  • ''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."
  • ''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 University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Speech to House of Commons, March 11, 1873. Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, vol. 2, "Irish University Education Bill," ed. T.E. Kebbes (1882).
  • ''Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sidonia, in Coningsby, bk. 4, ch. 13 (1844).
  • ''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).
  • ''Genius, when young, is divine.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Sidonia, in Coningsby, bk. 3, ch. 1 (1844).
  • ''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).
  • ''That fatal drollery called a representative government.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Tancred, bk. 2, ch. 13 (1847).
  • ''London is a modern Babylon.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman and author. Tancred, bk. 5, ch. 5 (1847).

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