Ignorance never settles a question.
Speech in the House of Commons (14 May 1866).
No government can be long secure without a formidable opposition.Benjamin Disraeli
In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.Benjamin Disraeli
Which do you believe most likely to enter an insane convention, a body of English gentlemen honoured by the favour of their Sovereign and the confidence of their fellow-subjects, managing your affairs for five years, I hope with prudence, and not altogether without success, or a sophistical rhetorician, inebriated with the exuberance of his own verbosity, and gifted with an egotistical imagination that can at all times command an interminable and inconsistent series of arguments to malign an opponent and to glorify himself?Benjamin Disraeli
The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.Benjamin Disraeli
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.Benjamin Disraeli
To govern men, you must either excel them in their accomplishments, or despise them.Benjamin Disraeli
The right hon. Gentleman caught the Whigs bathing, and walked away with their clothes. He has left them in the full enjoyment of their liberal position, and he is himself a strict conservative of their garments.Benjamin Disraeli
For myself, I care not what may be the result. Dissolve, if you please, the Parliament you have betrayed, and appeal to the people, who, I believe, mistrust you. For me there remains this at least the opportunity of expressing thus publicly my belief that a Conservative Government is an Organised Hypocrisy.Benjamin Disraeli
I remember the interruption of the hon. Gentleman reminds me of the words of a great writer, who said that "Grace was beauty in action." ' Sir, I say that justice is truth in action. Truth should animate an opposition, and I hope it does animate this opposition.;Benjamin Disraeli
In the character of the victim [Lincoln], and even in the accessories of his last moments, there is something so homely and innocent that it takes the question, as it were, out of all the pomp of history and the ceremonial of diplomacy it touches the heart of nations and appeals to the domestic sentiment of mankind.Benjamin Disraeli
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.Benjamin Disraeli
That is an apology, not an explanation; and apologies only account for that which they do not alter.Benjamin Disraeli
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man.Benjamin Disraeli
You behold a range of exhausted volcanoes. Not a flame flickers on a single pallid crest.Benjamin Disraeli
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.Benjamin Disraeli
A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty.Benjamin Disraeli
I don't wish to go down to posterity talking bad grammar.Benjamin Disraeli
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory.Benjamin Disraeli
Debt is the prolific mother of folly and of crime.Benjamin Disraeli
I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best.Benjamin Disraeli
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.Benjamin Disraeli
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