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BENJAMIN DISRAELI, 1ST EARL OF BEACONSFIELD
English statesman and author (son of Isaac D'Israeli)
(1804 - 1881)
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The divine right of kings may have been a plea for feeble tyrants, but the divine right of government is the keystone of human progress, and without it governments sink into police, and a nation is degraded into a mob.
      - Lothair--General Preface [Government]

I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me.
      - Maiden Speech in the House of Commons
        [Speech]

Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient.
      - On Import Duties [Politics]

I suppose, to use our national motto, something will turn up. [Motto of Vraibleusia.]
      - Popanilla (ch. VII) [Expectation]

Assassination has never changed the history of the world.
      - Speech [History]

He thinks posterity is a pack-horse, always ready to be loaded.
      - Speech [Posterity]

I see before me that statue of a celebrated minister, who said that confidence was a plant of slow growth. But I believe, however gradual may be the growth of confidence, that of credit requires still more time to arrive at maturity.
      - Speech [Confidence]

Posterity is a most limited assembly. Those gentlemen who reach posterity are not much more numerous than the planets.
      - Speech [Posterity]

A sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.
      - Speech at the Riding School,
        said of Gladstone, London, July 27, 1878
        [Speech]

A precedent embalms a principle.
      - Speech on the Expenditures of the Country
        [Principles]

But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day and the race a life.
      - Sybil (bk. I, ch. II) [Time]

The Duke of Wellington brought to the post of first minister immortal fame; a quality of success which would almost seem to include all others.
      - Sybil (bk. I, ch. III) [Fame]

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.
      - Sybil (bk. I, ch. V) [Knowledge]

Principle is ever my motto, no expediency.
      - Sybil (bk. II, ch. II)
        [Politics : Principles]

Mr. Kremlin himself was distinguished for ignorance, for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
      - Sybil (bk. IV, ch. V) [Ignorance]

Men of light and leading.
      - Sybil (bk. V, ch. I) [Character]

We are all born for love. . . . It is the principle of existence and its only end.
      - Sybil (bk. V, ch. IV) [Love]

He was fash and full of faith that "something would turn up."
      - Tancred (bk. III, ch. VI) [Expectation]

Silence is the mother of Truth.
      - Tancred (bk. IV, ch. IV) [Silence]

Everything comes if a man will only wait.
      - Tancred (bk. IV, ch. VIII) [Expectation]

We are indeed a nation of shopkeepers.
      - The Young Duke (bk. I, ch. XI) [England]

All the ten-to-oners were in the rear, and a dark horse, which had never been thought of, and which the careless St. James had never even observed in the list, rushed past the grand stand in sweeping triumph.
      - The Young Duke (bk. II, ch. V) [Politics]

Information upon points of practical politics.
      - Vivian Gray (ch. XIV),
        given by Walsh as first appearance of the phrase "practical politics"
        [Politics]

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.
      - Vivian Grey (bk. VI, ch. VII)
        [Public Trust]

The Disappointment of Manhood succeeds to the delusion of Youth; let us hope that the heritage of Old age is not Despair.
      - Vivian Grey (bk. VIII, ch. IV) [Age]


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