Benjamin Disraeli


Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

  • ''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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  • ''The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman and author. Contarini Fleming, pt. 5, ch. 10 (1832).
  • ''Consider Ireland.... You have a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and in addition the weakest executive in the world. That is the Irish Question.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. speech to House of Commons (Feb. 16, 1844). Hansard, col. 1016.
  • ''The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Henrieta Temple, pt. 4, ch. 1 (1837).
  • ''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).
  • ''When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Lothair, ch. 28 (1870).
  • ''The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. May Dacre, in The Young Duke, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1831).
  • ''Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.''
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Peter Winter, in Contarini Fleming, pt. 1, ch. 23 (1832).
  • ''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).
  • ''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).

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