Humorous Quotes attributed to Benjamin Disraeli
1804-1881, British Statesman, Prime Minister
- Amusement to an observing mind is study.
- Books are fatal: they are the curse of the human race. Nine-tenths of existing books are nonsense, and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
- Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
- Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent.
- Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
- Everyone likes flattery, and when you come to Royalty, you should lay it on with a thick trowel
- ''Frank and explicit'' -- that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others.
- He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
- He has not one single redeeming defect (On William Gladstone)
- I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
- If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.
- Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.
- Inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination (On William Gladstone)
- It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
- It destroys one's nerve to be amiable every day to the same human being.
- Liberals - Cosmopolitan critics, men who are the friends of every country save their own.
- My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.
- Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
- Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
- The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.
- The greatest misfortune that ever befell man was the invention of printing.
- The question is this -- Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new fanged theories.
- The right honourable gentleman is reminiscent of a poker. The only difference is that a poker gives off the occasional signs of
warmth. (On Robert Peel)
- There are three kinds of lies; lies, damned lies and statistics
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