Benjamin Disraeli was a British Conservative statesman and a literary figure in the 1800’s. I came across some of his work and was thoroughly impressed. I really like his quotes, as even if they were written well over 100 years ago, they still ring true today. Here are 30 of my favorite quotes from this highly fascinating author & politician:
1- A precedent embalms a principle.
2- As a general rule the most successful man in life is the man who has the best information.
3- Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation.
4- Great services are not canceled by one act or by one single error.
5- 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.
6- Ignorance never settles a question.
7- Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for truth.
8- Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the most important thing in life is to know when to forego an advantage.
9- Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
10- The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
11- The magic of first love is our ignorance that it can ever end.
12- The secret of success is constancy of purpose.
13- There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.
14- A consistent soul believes in destiny, a capricious one in chance.
15- Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
16- Be amusing: never tell unkind stories; above all, never tell long ones.
17- Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
18- Circumstances are beyond human control, but our conduct is in our own power.
19- Diligence is the mother of good fortune.
20- Every man has a right to be conceited until he is successful.
21- Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.
22- Man is only great when he acts from passion.
23- Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.
24- Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.
25- Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
26- The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
27- It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.
28- You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.
29- Desperation is sometimes as powerful an inspirer as genius.
30- To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge.