Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli

Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.

To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge.

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.

I feel a very unusual sensation - if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.

When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.

Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.

Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.

What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.

The wisdom of the wise, and the experience of ages, may be preserved by quotation.

The secret of success is constancy to purpose.

My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me.

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.

The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forgo an advantage.

Ignorance never settles a question.

The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.

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.

Individuals may form communities, but it is institutions alone that can create a nation.

As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.

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.

A precedent embalms a principle.

No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.

When we would prepare the mind by a forcible appeal, an opening quotation is a symphony preluding on the chords those tones we are about to harmonize.

Grief is the agony of an instant, the indulgence of grief the blunder of a life.