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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
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
A precedent embalms a principle.
- Speech on the Expenditures of the Country
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"
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)
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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