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1804 - 1881; born of a Jewish father in London, England, Disraeli would soon leave his Jewish roots when his father had a dispute with the synagogue his family had attended for generations. At age 12 Benjamin Disraeli would become an Anglican which in turn would allow him to follow a lifelong career in politics. After many failed attempts, Disraeli would finally enter the House of Commons in 1837. Disraeli may be best known for his formation of the modern conservative party and helping to outline its reach and policies. Being the first conservative, and designer of the party, set Disraeli at odds with the Liberal William Gladstone. This rivalry wound go on through Disraeli's entire career in the political spectrum. When the conservative party finally came to power, Disraeli wasn't given an office and wasn't really respected as a potential leader. Disraeli maintained a close friendship with then-Queen Victoria and she made him Earl of Beaconsfield in 1876. Prime Minister Robert Peel caused a split in the party over the Corn Laws. This split eventually opened the door for Disraeli to prove himself as a statesman and effective spokesman for the party. The two-time Prime Minister became very influential in foreign affairs brokering a deal with Berlin to help weaken Russia during the fall of the Ottoman Empire. Another of Disraeli's achievements is the great stake he attained for Britain in the Suez Canal. All in all, Benjamin Disraeli was the person most accredited with establishment of British power in world affairs. To date, he is the only person of Jewish decent to serve as Prime Minister over The United Kingdom. Disraeli wrote novels throughout his adult life. He finished and published his last novel named Endymion not long before his passing at the age of 76. Many other fine works from Benjamin Disraeli are available and certainly worth discovering.

Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action.
Benjamin Disraeli

All my successes have been built on my failures.
Benjamin Disraeli

All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Success is the child of Audacity.
Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing can resist the human will that will stake even its existence on its stated purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and
generally create ourselves.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
Benjamin Disraeli

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are
not behind the scenes.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

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.
Benjamin Disraeli

Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions.
Benjamin Disraeli

Through perseverance many people win success out of what seemed destined to be certain
failure.
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The fool wonders, the wise man asks.
Benjamin Disraeli

Little things affect little minds.
Benjamin Disraeli

Mr. Speaker, I withdraw my statement that half the cabinet are asses - half the cabinet are
not asses.
Benjamin Disraeli

I must follow the people. Am I not their leader?
Benjamin Disraeli

A Conservative government is an organized hypocrisy.
Benjamin Disraeli

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
Benjamin Disraeli

The more you are talked about the less powerful you are.
Benjamin Disraeli

Despair is the conclusion of fools.
Benjamin Disraeli

The secret to success is constancy of purpose.
Benjamin Disraeli

Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends.
Benjamin Disraeli

Travel teaches tolerance.
Benjamin Disraeli

You will never go higher than your thinking.
Benjamin Disraeli

There is no gambling like politics. Nothing in which the power of circumstance is more evident.
Benjamin Disraeli

Beware of endeavoring to become a great man in a hurry. One such attempt in ten thousand
may succeed. These are fearful odds.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

Next to knowing when to seize an opportunity, the next important thing is to know when to
forego an advantage.
Benjamin Disraeli

London is a modern Babylon.
Benjamin Disraeli

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.
Benjamin Disraeli

Perseverance and tact are the two great qualities most valuable for all those who would
climb, but especially for those who have to step out of the crowd.
Benjamin Disraeli

I am prepared for the worst but hope for the best.
Benjamin Disraeli

Do not read history. Read biography for it is life without theory.
Benjamin Disraeli

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

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.
Benjamin Disraeli

What we call public opinion is generally public sentiment.
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