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Quotations From BENJAMIN DISRAELI


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  • That fatal drollery called a representative government.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Tancred, bk. 2, ch. 13 (1847).
  • We moralise among ruins.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Tancred, bk. 5, ch. 5 (1847).
  • "Frank and explicit"Mthat is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author, prime minister. "The Gentleman in Downing Street," bk. 6, ch. 1, Sybil (1845).
  • 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.

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  • 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).

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  • 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).

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  • 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).
  • 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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  • Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.
    Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881), British statesman, author. Coningsby, bk. 7, ch. 5 (1844).

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