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Damn your principles!
by Benjamin Disraeli

Damn your principles!
Stick to your party.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Travel teaches toleration.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The most successful people in life
are generally those who have the best information.
- Benjamin Disraeli

 

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

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

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

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The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There is a magic in the memory of schoolboy friendships;
it softens the heart,
and even affects the nervous system
of those who have no heart.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There are three types of lies -
lies, damn lies, and statistics.
- Benjamin Disraeli

One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready
for his opportunity when it comes.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry.
One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed.
These are fearful odds.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Youth is the trustee of prosperity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages
are perpetuated by quotations.
- Benjamin Disraeli

We are all born for love.
It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
- Benjamin Disraeli

In a progressive country change is constant;
change is inevitable.
- Benjamin Disraeli

No man is regular in his attendance at the House of
Commons until he is married.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I must follow the people.
Am I not their leader?
- Benjamin Disraeli

Circumstances are beyond human control,
but our conduct is in our own power.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember,
and remember more than I have seen.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
- Benjamin Disraeli

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
- Benjamin Disraeli

In politics nothing is contemptible.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea,
and that was wrong.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Fame and power are the objects of all men.
Even their partial fruition is gained by very few;
and that,
too, at the expense of social pleasure,
health, conscience, life.
- Benjamin Disraeli

We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent
can be no longer synonymous.
We must prepare for the coming hour.
The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions;
and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The best security for civilization is the dwelling,
and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends,
more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Nationality is the miracle of political independence;
race is the principle of physical analogy.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world;
it is more,
it is the history of earth and of heaven.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Finality is not the language of politics.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Never take anything for granted.
- Benjamin Disraeli

King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed
the great success of the British nation in political
life to their talking politics after dinner.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Teach us that wealth is not elegance,
that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
- Benjamin Disraeli

I say that justice is truth in action.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy;
who are as ignorant of each other's habits,
thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones,
or inhabitants of different planets.
The rich and the poor.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

As for our majority...
one is enough.
- Benjamin Disraeli

War is never a solution; it is an aggravation.
- Benjamin Disraeli

You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.
- Benjamin Disraeli

We moralize among ruins.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle,
disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity,
it offers no redress for the present,
and makes no preparation for the future.
- Benjamin Disraeli

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a
political party is not capable;
for in politics there is no honour.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word:
dissimulation.
- Benjamin Disraeli

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Never complain and never explain.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Grief is the agony of an instant.
The indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Never apologize for showing feeling.
When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Characters do not change.
Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has
degraded into politicians.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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

Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies,
both human and divine, meet.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Silence is the mother of truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

Without publicity there can be no public support,
and without public support every nation must decay.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The right honourable gentleman caught the Whigs bathing,
and walked away with their clothes.
He has left them in the full enjoyment of their liberal positions,
and he is himself a strict conservative of their garments.
- Benjamin Disraeli

What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary,
error is often more earnest than truth.
- Benjamin Disraeli

The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman
convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
- Benjamin Disraeli

To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection:
it is plunder.
- Benjamin Disraeli

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


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