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Benjamin Disraeli

1804-1881 ,  British Prime Minister
Benjamin DisraeliBritish statesman and novelist of was of Italian-Jewish descent, who was twice prime minister (1868, 1874–80).
He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party. Disraeli is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his political battles with the Liberal Party leader William Ewart Gladstone, and his one-nation conservatism or “Tory democracy”.

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There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

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

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men.

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

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

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

He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.

I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.

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

Little things affect little minds.

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

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.

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

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

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

In a progressive country, change is constant… change is inevitable.

At present the peace of the world has been preserved, not by statesmen, but by capitalists.

To govern men, you must either excel them in their accomplishments, or despise them.

I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad.

Real politics are the possession and distribution of power.

Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Like all great travelers I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.

Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.

Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.

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

Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius.

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

There is no education like adversity.

If you don't believe in magic, then you can't believe in reality.

A great thing is a great book; but a greater thing than all is the talk of a great man.

Never complain and never explain.

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 fervor.

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

Never take anything for granted.

Personal Stories

When I want to read a novel, I write one.

Madam, I am the blank page between the Old Testament and the New.

answer to Queen Victoria’s question “what is your real religion?”

Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentleman were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon.


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