Benjamin Disraeli Quotes

Benjamin Disraeli

British politician (1804 - 1881)

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Youth is a blunder, manhood a struggle, old age a regret.

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Change is inevitable in a progressive country. Change is constant.

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In a progressive country change is constant; ... change ... is inevitable.

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The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

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Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

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I have always thought that every woman should marry, and no man.

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There is moderation even in excess.

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As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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Success is the child of audacity.

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There is no index of character so sure as the voice.

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Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.

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To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.

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The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

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I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.

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When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

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When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.

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Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.

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Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.

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What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.

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The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

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The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

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My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

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My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

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It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.

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The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.

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Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.

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Ignorance never settles a question.

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The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.

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I repeat...that all power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise; that from the people, and for the people all springs, and all must exist.

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Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.

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As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist; because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance.

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A precedent embalms a principle.

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No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.

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When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

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Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.

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Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.

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Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

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Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

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I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.

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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

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The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

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Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than what you think.

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The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

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We make our fortunes and call them fate.

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A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.

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The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.

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Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation.

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Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.

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Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.

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One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.

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There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

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It is easier to be critical than correct.

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Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

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Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.

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Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.

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When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, and opening quotation is a symphony precluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

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A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full play, but who ponders over their results.

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The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

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