Benjamin Disraeli
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"Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield", Order of the Garter/KG, Privy Council of the United Kingdom/PC, Fellow of the Royal Society/FRS, was a British Conservative Party (UK)/Conservative politician, writer and aristocrat who twice served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom/Prime Minister. He played a central role in the creation of the modern Conservative Party (UK)/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 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, at 2015, the only British Prime Minister of British Jews/Jewish birth.

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

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

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.

I am a Conservative to preserve all that is good in our constitution, a Radical to remove all that is bad. I seek to preserve property and to respect order, and I equally decry the appeal to the passions of the many or the prejudices of the few.

Where knowledge ends, religion begins.

Justice is truth in action.

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.

How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.

No government can be long secure without formidable opposition.

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.

Change is inevitable. In a progressive country change is constant.

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

A man can know nothing of mankind without knowing something of himself. Self-knowledge is the property of that man whose passions have their full play, but who ponders over their results.

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.

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

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.

You will find as you grow older that courage is the rarest of all qualities to be found in public life.

A conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.

Seeing much, suffering much, and studying much, are the three pillars of learning.

There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

The more extensive a man's knowledge of what has been done, the greater will be his power of knowing what to do.

Bore: one who has the power of speech but not the capacity for conversation.

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

It is easier to be critical than correct.

A precedent embalms a principle.

Man is not the creature of circumstances, circumstances are the creatures of men. We are free agents, and man is more powerful than matter.

The hare-brained chatter of irresponsible frivolity.

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

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

Ignorance never settles a question.

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

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

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

The secret of success is constancy of purpose.

In a progressive country change is constant; ...change... is inevitable.

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

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.

He was one of those men who think that the world can be saved by writing a pamphlet.

Characters do not change. Opinions alter, but characters are only developed.

There is no waste of time in life like that of making explanations.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.

Talk to a man about himself and he will listen for hours.

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

The most dangerous strategy is to jump a chasm in two leaps.

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.

The fool wonders, the wise man asks.

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

We make our fortunes and call them fate.

Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than what you think.

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

Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.

The secret of success is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.