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Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Never complain and never explain.

Never complain and never explain.

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

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

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.

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

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

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

Diligence is the mother of good fortune. ---->>>

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

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

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

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. ---->>>

London is a roost for every bird.

London is a roost for every bird.

A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning. ---->>>

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.

A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art.

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

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

A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. ---->>>

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

There can be economy only where there is efficiency. ---->>>

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

Adventures are to the adventurous. ---->>>

If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

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

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. ---->>>

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

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

The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. ---->>>

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles.

Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard. ---->>>

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

Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.

Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.

Never take anything for granted.

Never take anything for granted.

Fear makes us feel our humanity.

Fear makes us feel our humanity.

Success is the child of audacity. ---->>>

Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. ---->>>

There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations. ---->>>

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

Without tact you can learn nothing.

Without tact you can learn nothing.

Assassination has never changed the history of the world. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

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

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

Man is only great when he acts from passion. ---->>>

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.

I say that justice is truth in action.

I say that justice is truth in action.

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. ---->>>

What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens. ---->>>

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

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

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

There is no education like adversity. ---->>>

Little things affect little minds. ---->>>

A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance. ---->>>

Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. ---->>>

Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him. ---->>>

I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment. ---->>>

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm. ---->>>

Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. ---->>>

The fool wonders, the wise man asks. ---->>>

Silence is the mother of truth.

Silence is the mother of truth.

To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them. ---->>>

Where knowledge ends, religion begins. ---->>>

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

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

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.

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.

It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. ---->>>

Justice is truth in action.

Justice is truth in action.

No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition. ---->>>

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.

Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.

Frank and explicit - that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others. ---->>>

Travel teaches toleration.

Travel teaches toleration.

Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful. ---->>>

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

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

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

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

Genius, when young, is divine. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

In politics nothing is contemptible.

In politics nothing is contemptible.

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

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

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.

Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness.

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

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

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

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

It is easier to be critical than correct. ---->>>

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

Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. ---->>>

Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. ---->>>

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

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

The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy. ---->>>

Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger. ---->>>

The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. ---->>>

Damn your principles! Stick to your party. ---->>>

If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief. ---->>>

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.

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

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

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

As for our majority... one is enough.

As for our majority... one is enough.

Finality is not the language of politics. ---->>>

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

War is never a solution; it is an aggravation. ---->>>

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

Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel. ---->>>

Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. ---->>>

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

There is no gambling like politics.

There is no gambling like politics.

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. ---->>>

Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. ---->>>

Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation. ---->>>

The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble. ---->>>

William Gladstone has not a single redeeming defect. ---->>>

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

London is a modern Babylon. ---->>>

A precedent embalms a principle. ---->>>

The services in wartime are fit only for desperadoes, but in peace are only fit for fools. ---->>>

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

The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity. ---->>>

The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans. ---->>>

Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit. ---->>>

A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both. ---->>>

Worry - a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray. ---->>>

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.

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.

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.

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.

The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes. ---->>>

Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. ---->>>

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

Great countries are those that produce great people. ---->>>

Despair is the conclusion of fools. ---->>>

I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget. ---->>>

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

There is moderation even in excess. ---->>>

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity. ---->>>

We should never lose an occasion. Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets. ---->>>

The more you are talked about the less powerful you are. ---->>>

We cannot learn men from books.

We cannot learn men from books.

I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded. ---->>>

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

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

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

Almost everything that is great has been done by youth. ---->>>

Duty cannot exist without faith. ---->>>

We moralize among ruins. ---->>>

When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world. ---->>>

A majority is always better than the best repartee. ---->>>

An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children. ---->>>

The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world. ---->>>

That fatal drollery called a representative government. ---->>>

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

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: December 21, 1804
Birthplace:
Die: April 19, 1881
Occupation: Statesman
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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British politician and writer who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party, defining its policies and its broad outreach (wikipedia)