Benjamin Disraeli Love Quotes and Sayings
#1 Henrietta Temple, 1837, Book 4, chapter 1
1. The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
#2 Sybil, or The Two Nations, 1845, Book V, Chapter 4
2. We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end.
Excerpt from Wikipedia: Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS, (21 December 1804 – 19 April 1881) was a British Prime Minister, parliamentarian, Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister. A teenage convert to Anglicanism, he was nonetheless the country’s first and thus far only Prime Minister of Jewish heritage. He played an instrumental role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party after the Corn Laws schism of 1846.
Sayings by Benjamin Disraeli
#1 Lothair, 1870
1. Action may not always bring happiness but there is no happiness without action.
#2 Speech on Reform Bill of 1867, Edinburgh, Scotland 29 October 1867; reported in Selected Speeches of the Late Right Honourable the Earl of Beaconsfield, ed. T. E. Kebbel (1882), vol. 2, part 4, p. 487.
2. In a progressive country change is constant; and the great question is not whether you should resist change which is inevitable, but whether that change should be carried out in deference to the manners, the customs, the laws and the traditions of a people, or whether it should be carried out in deference to abstract principles, and arbitrary and general doctrines.
3. Perseverance and tact are the two qualities most valuable for all men who would mount, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
#4 The Wondrous Tale of Alroy
4. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.
#5 Sybil, or The Two Nations, 1845, Book III, Chapter 2
5. Little things affect little minds.
#6 The end of Disraeli’s badly-received maiden speech in the House of Commons in 1837
6. I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me.
#7 The Value of Literature to Men of Business, speech at the Manchester Athenaeum, 23 October 1844
7. It is knowledge that influences and equalises the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal.
#8 Speech at Aylesbury, Royal and Central Bucks Agricultural Association, 21 September 1865
8. Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
#9-11 Contarini Fleming, 1832
9. When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
10. Never apologize for showing feeling, my friend. Remember that when you do so, you apologize for truth.
11. All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
#12 Sybil, or The Two Nations, 1845, Book I, Chapter 5
12. To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.
#13 Speech at banquet of the National Union of Conservative and Constitutional Associations, Crystal Palace, London, 24 June 1872
13. The secret of success is constancy to purpose.
#14 Speech at the Printing Trade Festival, 1845
14. The press is not only free, it is powerful. That power is ours. It is the proudest that man can enjoy. It was not granted by monarchs, it was not gained for us by aristocracies ; but it sprang from the people, and, with an immortal instinct, it has always worked for the people.
#15 Cited in Gwendolen Cecil, Life of Robert Marquis of Salisbury: 1868-1880, Vol. 2. (1921), p. 205
15. You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public men.
#16 Henrietta Temple
16. One event makes another: what we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expect generally happens; and time can only prove which is most for our advantage.
#17 Vivian Grey 1826, Book VI, Chapter 7
17. Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
#18 Cited in Wilfrid Meynell, Benjamin Disraeli: An Unconventional Biography, 1903, p. 83
18. Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
#19 CONINGSBY, 1844
19. Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.
#20 Coningsby, 1844, Book VII, Chapter 2
20. 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.
#21 Coningsby, 1844, Book III, Chapter 1
21. Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes.
#22 Coningsby, 1844, Book III, Chapter 2
22. All of us encounter, at least once in our life, some individual who utters words that make us think forever. There are men whose phrases are oracles; who condense in a sentence the secrets of life; who blurt out an aphorism that forms a character or illustrates an existence. A great thing is a great book; but greater than all is the talk of a great man.
#23 Coningsby, 1844, Book III, Chapter 5
23. Talk to a man about himself, and he is generally captivated.
#24 Coningsby, 1844, Book VII, Chapter 2
24. How very seldom do you encounter in the world a man of great abilities, acquirements, experience, who will unmask his mind, unbutton his brains, and pour forth in careless and picturesque phrase all the results of his studies and observation; his knowledge of men, books, and nature. On the contrary, if a man has by any chance what he conceives an original idea, he hoards it as if it were old gold; and rather avoids the subject with which he is most conversant, from fear that you may appropriate his best thoughts.
#25 Speech at Salthill, 5 October 1864
25. Never take anything for granted.
#26 Sybil, or The Two Nations, 1845, Book I, Chapter 2
26. But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day, and the race a life.
Unsourced Benjamin Disraeli Quotes
1. One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
2. The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
3. Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure.
4. One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission.
5. You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men.
Quotes Misattributed to Benjamin Disraeli
#1 Curiosities of Literature, Volume 1, Isaac Disraeli, Father of Benjamin Disraeli
1. Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love.