Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
British Prime Minister and novelist.


"Every woman should marry--and no man."

"Protection is not a principle, but an expedient."

"Justice is truth in action."

"Books are the curse of the human race."

"Time is the great physician."

"All power is a trust."

"Never complain and never explain."

"I will not go down to posterity talking bad grammar."

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

"Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions."

"Knowledge of mankind is a knowledge of their passions."

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

"It is much easier to be critical than to be correct."

"A Conservative Government is an organised hypocrisy."

"The profound thinker always suspects that he is superficial."

"Is man an ape or an angel? Now I am on the side of angels."

"No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition."

"Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; Old Age a regret."

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

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

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

"Man is not the creature of circumstances. Circumstances are the creatures of men."

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

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

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

"Experience is the child of Thought, and Thought is the child of Action. We cannot learn men from books."

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


Copyright: Kevin Harris 1995 (may be freely distributed with this acknowledgement)