Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, KG, PC, DL, JP, FRS (born 21 December 1804, Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom – died 19 April 1881, London, United Kingdom) was a British statesman and Conservative politician 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. Top 20 Famous Benjamin Disraeli Quotes Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Courage is fire, and bullying is smoke. Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time. There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen. Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage. Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth. Most people die with their music still locked up inside them. When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken. Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. Nature, like man, sometimes weeps from gladness. The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own. Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning. Let the fear of a danger be a spur to prevent it; he that fears not, gives advantage to the danger. Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power. Diligence is the mother of good fortune. Patience is a necessary ingredient of genius. The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it. I am prepared for the worst, but hope for the best. Never complain and never explain. 61 Inspiring Benjamin Disraeli Quotes on Life (WISDOM) The secret to success is constancy of purpose. Never take anything for granted. Man is only great when he acts from passion. The wisdom of the wise and the experience of the ages are perpetuated by quotations. There is no education like adversity. The fool wonders, the wise man asks. We are not creatures of circumstance; we are creators of circumstance. To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge. The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours. In a progressive country, change is constant… change is inevitable. Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation. Sir, I shall not defeat you – I shall transcend you. One of the hardest things in this world is to admit you are wrong. And nothing is more helpful in resolving a situation than its frank admission. Little things affect little minds. What we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens. Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe. Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few. The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end. Read no history-nothing but biography, for that is life without theory. He was distinguished for ignorance; for he had only one idea, and that was wrong. As a rule, man is a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool; When its cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting, what is not. We are all born for love. It is the principle of existence, and its only end. What we learn from history is that we do not learn from history. Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones. Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human and divine, meet. How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct. All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil. 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. As a general rule, the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information. Everything comes if a man will only wait. Something unpleasant is coming when men are anxious to tell the truth. Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. 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. Silence is the mother of truth. When I want to read a novel, I write one. Nine-tenths of the existing books are nonsense and the clever books are the refutation of that nonsense. I must follow the people. Am I not their leader? Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius. Youth is a blunder; Manhood a struggle, Old Age a regret. It destroys one’s nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being. But what minutes! Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day. The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps. A great thing is a great book; but a greater thing than all is the talk of a great man. Nowadays, manners are easy and life is hard. The more extensive a man’s knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do. Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves. Ignorance never settles a question. He who gains time gains everything. Nobody is forgotten when it is convenient to remember him. Books are companions even if you don’t open them. Power has only one duty – to secure the social welfare of the People. Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter. All my successes have been built on my failures. Romance has been elegantly defined as the offspring of fiction and love. Experience is the child of thought, and thought is the child of action. I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. My idea of an agreeable person is a person who agrees with me. Success is the child of audacity. What is earnest is not always true; on the contrary, error is often more earnest than truth. Variety is the mother of Enjoyment. 16 Benjamin Disraeli Quotes on Government, Politics, and Religion Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime; give a man religion and he will die praying for a fish. Where knowledge ends, religion begins. No Government can be long secure without a formidable Opposition. The greatest of all evils is a weak government. To govern men, you must either excel them in their accomplishments, or despise them. Real politics are the possession and distribution of power. There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable; for in politics there is no honour. You cannot choose between party government and Parliamentary government. There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident. Finality is not the language of politics. In politics experiments means revolutions. A government which cannot be reformed does not merit to be preserved. The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes. A member of Parliament to Disraeli: 'Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.' That depends, Sir,' said Disraeli, 'whether I embrace your policies or your mistress. Governments do not govern, but merely control the machinery of government, being themselves controlled by the hidden hand. Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.