Benjamin Disraeli

(1st Earl of Beaconsfield)

Benjamin Disraeli
Benjamin Disraeli
  • Born: December 21, 1804
  • Died: April 19, 1881
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Statesman

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Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, FRS was a British statesman who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party, defining its policies and its broad outreach. Disraeli is remembered for his influential voice in world affairs, his political battles with the Liberal Party leader William Ewart Gladstone, and his one-nation conservatism or "Tory democracy". He made the Conservatives the party most identified with the glory and power of the British Empire. He is the only British Prime Minister to have been Jewish by birth and the first person from an ethnic minority background to hold one of the Great Offices of State. He was also a novelist, publishing works of fiction even as Prime Minister.

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What we anticipate seldom occurs: but what we least expect generally happens.
Adventures are to the adventurous.
Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Success
The view of Jerusalem is the history of the world; it is more, it is the history of earth and of heaven. History
Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness. Nature
Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future. Future ;Respect
That fatal drollery called a representative government. Government
We cannot learn men from books. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
The palace is not safe when the cottage is not happy.
Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger.
The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We moralize among ruins.
Increased means and increased leisure are the two civilizers of man. Human Nature
I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Hope
The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.
Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action.
What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth. Truth
London is a roost for every bird. Travel
Nurture your minds with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. Inspiration
I say that justice is truth in action. Truth
The fool wonders, the wise man asks. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Man is made to adore and to obey: but if you will not command him, if you give him nothing to worship, he will fashion his own divinities, and find a chieftain in his own passions.
To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection: it is plunder.
There is no gambling like politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There is moderation even in excess.
Genius, when young, is divine.
The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity.
Justice is truth in action. Truth ;Justice & Injustice ;Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Colonies do not cease to be colonies because they are independent. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
The governments of the present day have to deal not merely with other governments, with emperors, kings and ministers, but also with the secret societies which have everywhere their unscrupulous agents, and can at the last moment upset all the governments' plans.
In politics nothing is contemptible. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
To supervise people, you must either surpass them in their accomplishments or despise them.
Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth. Truth
The world is weary of statesmen whom democracy has degraded into politicians. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Great countries are those that produce great people.
Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Human Nature
If a man be gloomy let him keep to himself. No one has the right to go croaking about society, or what is worse, looking as if he stifled grief. Society
Grief is the agony of an instant; the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life. Life
If you're not very clever you should be conciliatory.
Damn your principles! Stick to your party. Political Parties & Machines
Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure. Failure ;Success
Moderation has been called a virtue to limit the ambition of great men, and to console undistinguished people for their want of fortune and their lack of merit.
It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. Relationships
No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition. Government
Read no history: nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. Life ;History
Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.
Silence is the mother of truth. Truth
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. Truth ;Time
A majority is always better than the best repartee. Legislating & Legislative Process
Where knowledge ends, religion begins. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Religion & God
The very phrase 'foreign affairs' makes an Englishman convinced that I am about to treat of subjects with which he has no concern.
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 fervor. Life
An author who speaks about their own books is almost as bad as a mother who speaks about her own children.
There is no greater index of character so sure as the voice.
The people of England are the most enthusiastic in the world.
Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke.
Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
William Gladstone has not a single redeeming defect.
Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard. Life
Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret.
The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. Miscellaneous
Travel teaches toleration. Travel
The first magic of love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
Power has only one duty - to secure the social welfare of the People. Power
Assassination has never changed the history of the world. History
Despair is the conclusion of fools.
A University should be a place of light, of liberty, and of learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Frank and explicit - that is the right line to take when you wish to conceal your own mind and confuse the minds of others.
Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
The health of the people is really the foundation upon which all their happiness and all their powers as a state depend. Health, Healthcare & Medicine ;Happiness & Unhappiness
Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet.
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.
Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Travel
The pursuit of science leads only to the insoluble. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
You can tell the strength of a nation by the women behind its men. Women
It is much easier to be critical than to be correct. Miscellaneous
The best security for civilization is the dwelling, and upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends, more than anything else, the improvement of mankind.
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life. Life
There is no education like adversity. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A Conservative Government is an organized hypocrisy. Government ;Liberals & Conservatives
He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong.
It is easier to be critical than correct.
Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Happiness & Unhappiness
To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Never complain and never explain. Motivation
I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
My objection to Liberalism is this that it is the introduction into the practical business of life of the highest kind namely, politics of philosophical ideas instead of political principles. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Teach us that wealth is not elegance, that profusion is not magnificence, that splendor is not beauty.
The secret of success is constancy to purpose. Success ;Management & Managing Government
Never take anything for granted. Policy & Policy Making
We should never lose an occasion. Opportunity is more powerful even than conquerors and prophets.
Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
I have brought myself, by long meditation, to the conviction that a human being with a settled purpose must accomplish it, and that nothing can resist a will which will stake even existence upon its fulfillment.
Finality is not the language of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.
As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Life ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
A great city, whose image dwells in the memory of man, is the type of some great idea. Rome represents conquest; Faith hovers over the towers of Jerusalem; and Athens embodies the pre-eminent quality of the antique world, Art. Religion & God ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Success is the child of audacity. Success ;Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
Without tact you can learn nothing. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor. Sympathy
Fear makes us feel our humanity. Human Nature
The choicest pleasures of life lie within the ring of moderation. Life
Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense.
The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Life ;Success
Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
In a progressive country change is constant; change is inevitable.
A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail very completely in the House of Lords. There are two distinct styles requisite: I intend, in the course of my career, if I have time, to give a specimen of both. Time
The secret of success is to be ready when your opportunity comes. Success
Duty cannot exist without faith. Religion & God
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. Power ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
One secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Life ;Success
There is no index of character so sure as the voice.
My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. Human Nature
Almost everything that is great has been done by youth.
Things must be done by parties, not by persons using parties as tools.
Little things affect little minds. Human Nature
Everyone likes flattery; and when you come to Royalty you should lay it on with a trowel. Human Nature
London is a modern Babylon.
The services in wartime are fit only for desperadoes, but in peace are only fit for fools. War & Peace
Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.
Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him.
No man is regular in his attendance at the House of Commons until he is married. Families, Children & Parenting
When a man fell into his anecdotage it was a sign for him to retire from the world. Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
Worry - a God, invisible but omnipotent. It steals the bloom from the cheek and lightness from the pulse; it takes away the appetite, and turns the hair gray. Religion & God
Nationality is the miracle of political independence; race is the principle of physical analogy.
The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
War is never a solution; it is an aggravation. War & Peace
I never deny. I never contradict. I sometimes forget.
I repeat... that 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. Trust ;Power
A precedent embalms a principle.
I have been ever of opinion that revolutions are not to be evaded.
There can be economy only where there is efficiency.
Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand may succeed. These are fearful odds. History
Without publicity there can be no public support, and without public support every nation must decay. Public Relations & Image
The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Power
Fame and power are the objects of all men. Even their partial fruition is gained by very few; and that, too, at the expense of social pleasure, health, conscience, life. Life ;Power ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. Truth
Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
King Louis Philippe once said to me that he attributed the great success of the British nation in political life to their talking politics after dinner. Life ;Success ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
As for our majority... one is enough. Humor
There are three kind of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Oratory, Discussion & Debate ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Coalitions, though successful, have always found that their triumph has been brief. Miscellaneous
A government of statesmen or of clerks? Of Humbug or of Humdrum? Bureaucracy
A man may speak very well in the House of Commons, and fail completely in the House of Lords. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Kings! Why, what's a king? .... Is their blood purer than our own? We are all the seed of Abraham! Equality & Equal Opportunity
All power is a trust; that we are accountable for its exercise. Power
As laws are necessary that good manners may be preserved, so good manners are necessary that laws may be maintained. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Assassination has never yet changed the history of the world. History
In a progressive country change is constant .... change is inevitable. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
Circumstances are beyond the control of man; but his conduct is in his own power. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
It is a community of purpose that constitutes society. States. Nations & Nationhood
Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime. Corruption
I have always thought that every woman should marry and no man. Families, Children & Parenting
No government can long be secure without a formidable Opposition. Political Parties & Machines
Free trade is not a principle, it is an expedient. Foreign Trade
[British Prime Minister William] Gladstone is a sophisticated 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 his opponents, and glorify himself. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The European talks of progress because by the aid of a few scientific discoveries he has established a society which has mistaken comfort for civilization. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
[Referring to John Bright:] He is a self made man, and worships his creator. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
He [William Gladstone] made his conscience not his guide but his accomplice. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am no leveller; I look upon an artificial equality as equally pernicious with a factitious aristocracy; both depressing the energies and checking the enterprise of a nation. Equality & Equal Opportunity
I have no fear about the result, as I have intimated in the proper quarter that I should break up the Congress if England’s views are not adopted. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Yes! I have climbed to the top of that greasy pole. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
I never refuse. I never contradict. I sometimes forget. Diplomacy & Diplomats
I care not for party. I stand here without party …. Englishmen, rid yourself of all that political jargon and factious slang of Whig and Tory Political Parties & Machines
The world calls me conceited. The world is in error. I trace all the blunders of my life to sacrificing my own party to that of others. Miscellaneous
I trust that the time may never come when the love of fame shall cease to be the sovereign passion of public men. Human Nature
I was not born and bred a Chancellor of the Exchequer; I am one of the Parliamentary rabble. Leaders & Leadership
If a traveler were informed such a man was the Leader of the House of Commons, he might begin to comprehend how the Egyptians worshipped an insect. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
NEWS is that which comes from North, East, West and South, and if it comes from only one point of the compass, then it is a class publication and not news. Media, Journalism & The Press
If you are not very clever, you should be conciliatory. Negotiating & Negotiations
Ignorance never settles a question. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
In politics experiments mean revolutions. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
In politics there is no honor. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You will find that in politics that you are much exposed to the attribution of false motives. Never complain and never explain. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Irresistible law dooms Europe to the alternate sway of disciplined armies or secret societies; the camp or the convention. Miscellaneous
The question is this: is man an ape or an angel? I am on the side of the angels. I repudiate with indignation and abhorrence these new-fangled theories. Religion & God
Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. States. Nations & Nationhood
It is unwise to wish everything explained. Secrecy & Transparency
Life is a masquerade. Human Nature
Magnificent asses! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
A majority is always the best repartee. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions. Leaders & Leadership
Men moralize among ruins. Memorials, Monuments, Medals, Statues & Buildings
A nation is a work of art and a work of time. States. Nations & Nationhood
Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
No one can be patient who is not independent. Human Nature
No one will treat with indifference the principle of race. It is the key of history. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Party is organized opinion. Political Parties & Machines
Permissive legislation is the characteristic of a free people. Legislating & Legislative Process
This career [politics] of plundering and blundering. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Political life must be taken as you find it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Posterity will do justice to that unprincipled maniac Gladstone … Whether Prime Minister, or leaders of opposition, whether preaching or praying, speechifying or scribbling—never a gentlemen! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
[The Queen and the rest of the royal family, together with much of the nation, wanted the government to take action to blunt the Tsarist Russian expansionism. Prime Minister Disraeli had his own time-table for dealing with Russia. He was invited to a private royal dinner and found himself seated next to Princess Mary of Cambridge who asked him at the first opportunity, “I cannot imagine what you are waiting for?” Potatoes, at this moment, Madam. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Principle is ever my motto, not expediency. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The difference of race is one of the reasons why I fear war may always exist. Because race implies difference, difference implies superiority, and superiority leads to predominance. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Shall we judge a country by the majority, or the minority? By the minority, surely. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
A smile for a friend and a sneer for the world, is the way to govern mankind. Leaders & Leadership ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Something will turn up. Management & Managing Government
The conduct and opinions of public men at different periods of their careers must not be curiously contrasted in a free and aspiring society. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
The gentleman is guilty of every crime that does not require courage. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The greatest of all evils is a weak government. Leaders & Leadership
We live in an age of prudence. The leaders of the people now generally follow. Leaders & Leadership
The Privileged and the People form Two Nations. Poverty
The discoveries of science, we are told, are not consistent with the teachings of the Church …. What is the question now placed before society with a glib assurance the most astounding? The question is this: Is man an ape or an angel? My Lord, I am on the side of the angels. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
[Addressing Robert Peel, 1788-1850:] The Right Honorable Gentleman's smile is like the silver fittings on a coffin. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The spirit of the age is the very thing a great man changes. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
It is said that a bird never makes so much noise as when she lays her first egg. I will sit down now, but the time will come when you will hear me. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
The Whigs have cast me off, and they shall repent it. Political Parties & Machines
Although the policy of England is peace, there is no country so well prepared for war as our own ….If she enters in a righteous cause … her resources … are inexhaustible. She is not a country that when she enters on a campaign, has to ask herself whether she can support a second or a third campaign. She enters into a campaign which she will not terminate till right is done Defense & National Security
It is most difficult to deal with. There are so many plans, so many schemes, and so many reasons why there should be neither plans nor schemes. Policy & Policy Making
Then there was a maiden speech, so inaudible that it was doubted whether, after all, the young orator really did lose his virginity. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
To tax the community for the advantage of a class is not protection. It is plunder! Taxes
To the brave nothing is difficult. Management & Managing Government
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones or inhabitants of different planets ... the rich and the poor. Poverty
We have brought you back, I think, Peace with Honor. War & Peace
We shall certainly not drift into war, but go to war if we do, because we intend it and have a purpose we mean to accomplish. War & Peace ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
What art was to the ancient world, science is to the modern. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The Bishop of London sympathizes with everything that is earnest; but what is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is more often earnest than truth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
What is crime among the multitude is only vice among the few. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
You can’t be too firm. What the public meetings want is nonsense, not politics: something quite shadowy, speculative, and not practical. Public Opinion & Polling
What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens. Policy & Policy Making
When I want to read a novel, I write one. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
When there is a quarrel between two states, it is generally occasioned by some blunder of a ministry. Diplomacy & Diplomats
With words we govern men. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Without party, Parliamentary Government is impossible. Political Parties & Machines
Yes, I am a Jew, and when the ancestors of the right honorable gentlemen were brutal savages in an unknown island, mine were priests in the temple of Solomon. Religion & God
I am a conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a radical to remove all that is bad. Liberals & Conservatives
I am bound to furnish my antagonists with arguments, but not with comprehension. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I consider it a great homage to public opinion to find every scoundrel nowadays professing himself a liberal. Liberals & Conservatives
What is the distinction between "misfortune" and "calamity"? If Mr. Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune; but if someone pulled him out, it would be a calamity. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Frank and explicit – that is the right line to take when you want to conceal your own mind and to confuse the minds of others. Miscellaneous
It is much better that the House wonder why you do not speak than why you do. Legislating & Legislative Process
Predominant opinions are generally the opinions of the generation that is vanishing. Public Opinion & Polling
Race is everything. Minorities & Women
A good politician has to know both himself and his times. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
This will change everything; Britain has been humiliated in the eyes of the other European powers; it will sap our influence and bleed our revenue white. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
Everybody loves flattery, and when it comes to royalty lay it on with a trowel. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. States. Nations & Nationhood
I want to see a public man come forward and say what the Irish question is ... Thus you have a starving population, an absentee aristocracy, and an alien Church, and in addition the weakest executive in the world ... That is the Irish question in its integrity. States. Nations & Nationhood
Lord Salisbury and myself have brought you back peace – but a peace I hope with honour. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
The Church of England is the Tory Party at prayer. Religion & God
The Irish hate our order, our civilization, our enterprising industry, our pure religion. This wild, reckless, indolent, uncertain, and superstitious race have no sympathy with the English character …. Their history describes an unbroken circle of bigotry and blood. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
What a wonderful people! They beat our generals, they convert our Bishops, and they write ‘finis’ to a French Dynasty. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Twitters Nicknames
When a viceroy or a commander-in-chief disobey orders, they ought at least to be certain of the success. Miscellaneous
You have it, madam. Miscellaneous
That would depend, sir, on whether I embraced your principles or your mistress. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
England does not love coalitions. States. Nations & Nationhood
Gentlemen, since the settlement of that Constitution, now nearly two centuries ago, England has never experienced a revolution, though there is no country in which there has been so continuous and such considerable change. How is this? Because the wisdom of your forefathers placed the prize of supreme power without the sphere of human passions. Whatever the struggle of parties, whatever the strife of factions, whatever the excitement and exaltation of the public mind, there has always been something in this country round which all classes and parties could rally, representing the majesty of the law, the administration of justice, and involving, at the same time, the security for every man's rights and the fountain of honor. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The President of the United States is not the Sovereign of the United States. There is a very near analogy between the position of the President of the United States and that of the Prime Minister of England, and both are paid at much the same rate — the income of a second-class professional man. The Sovereign of the United States is the people; Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
What, gentlemen, is the first quality which is required in a Second Chamber? Without doubt, independence. What is the best foundation of independence? Without doubt, property.
Pure air, pure water, the inspection of unhealthy habitations, the adulteration of food, these and many kindred matters may be legitimately dealt with by the Legislature; Regulation & Deregulation
For my part, I do not believe that the country is in danger. I think England is safe in the race of men who inhabit her; that she is safe in something much more precious than her accumulated capital — her accumulated experience; she is safe in her national character, in her fame, in the traditions of a thousand years, and in that glorious future which I believe awaits her. States. Nations & Nationhood
The real cause of this, as all real popular movements, not stimulated by the aristocracy, … was an apprehension on the part of the people, that their civil rights were invaded. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
One event makes another: what we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens; and time can only prove which is most for our advantage Policy & Policy Making
Time is the great physician. Human Nature
Nurture your mind with great thoughts. To believe in the heroic makes heroes. Human Nature
What Art was to the ancient world, Science is to the modern: the distinctive faculty. In the minds of men the useful has succeeded to the beautiful. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The world is wearied of statesmen; whom democracy has degraded into politicians . . . Democracies & Republics
There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honor Political Parties & Machines
To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… injustice breeds injustice Justice & Injustice
Travel teaches tolerance. Transportation
Debt is the prolific mother of folly and of crime; it taints the course of life in all its dreams. Budgets & Budgeting
It is knowledge that influences and equalizes the social condition of man; that gives to all, however different their political position, passions which are in common, and enjoyments which are universal. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
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. Media, Journalism & The Press
A popular assembly without parties--500 isolated individuals--cannot stand five years against a Minister with an organized Government without becoming a servile Senate. Political Parties & Machines
You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. I say, you can have no Parliamentary government if you have no party government; and, therefore, when Gentlemen denounce party government, they strike at that scheme of government which, in my opinion, has made this country great, and which I hope will keep it great. Political Parties & Machines
Finality, Sir, is not the language of politics. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Individualities may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation. States. Nations & Nationhood
In a progressive country change is constant;… change … is inevitable Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I have always felt that the best security for civilization is the dwelling, and that upon properly appointed and becoming dwellings depends more than anything else the improvement of mankind. Such dwellings are the nursery of all domestic virtues, and without a becoming home the exercise of those virtues is impossible. Housing
I ask you to protect the rights and interests of labor generally in the first place, by allowing no free imports from countries which meet you with countervailing duties; and, in the second place, with respect to agricultural produce, to compensate the soil for the burdens from which other classes are free by an equivalent duty. This is my view of what is called "protection. Foreign Trade
A very remarkable people the Zulus: they defeat our generals, they convert our bishops, they have settled the fate of a great European dynasty. Expansionism, Colonialism & Imperialism
the immense importations of foreign agricultural produce have been vastly in excess of what the increased demands of our population actually require, and that is why the low prices are maintained...That is to a great degree the cause of this depression.
It cannot be denied that a state of great national prosperity is quite consistent and compatible with legislation in favor of the protection of native industry. That proposition, years ago, was denied; but with the experience we have had of France and the United States of America—the two most flourishing communities probably in existence—it is now incontestable. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public men. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I never deny; I never contradict; I sometimes forget. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
I want to be prime minister. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Great measures are always rested on small precedents. Leaders & Leadership
His [Prime Minister Robert Peel’s] life has been one great appropriation clause. He is a burglar of others’ intellects. There is no statesman who has committed political petty larceny on so great a scale. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Millionaire Miscellaneous
Real politics are the possession and distribution of power Power
He [William Gladstone] has not a single redeeming defect. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The practice of politics in the East may be defined by one word: dissimulation Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Wherever is found what is called a paternal government, there is found state education. It has been found that the best way to insure implicit obedience is to commence tyranny in the nursery.. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training